Food at Cheshire Grange Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Mandy Glindon
I've been with Barchester for 30 years, joining Cheshire Grange when it opened in 2012. I am passionate about cooking and I love my role at Cheshire Grange. One of the best parts of my job is meeting our residents and finding out what their likes and dislikes are - I truly enjoy preparing home-cooked favourites and it's very rewarding to see everyone enjoying chatting over a delicious meal and a glass of wine.
I love to work with the nursing and care teams to ensure that the food is not only tasty but also nutritious. I enjoy the challenge of preparing special diets for anyone who may need to have things done a little differently and strive to ensure all meals are appetizing and presented beautifully. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we can all get together for a big family meal - which is usually cooked by me!
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone on our menu, which you can view below:
For residents who have difficulties swallowing, we modify the menu of the day so that the dishes are more palatable for them. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality team and our Chef Academy organise theory and practical workshops. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare tasty, modified meals safely and according to IDDSI frame work. This encourages residents to eat and enjoy their food. All our chefs have been trained in IDDSI food descriptors.
Attracting top chefs
Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager of the home. Selection also involves a practical element, where potential chefs are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and the annual Barchester Chef Competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of 'Barchester's Chef of the Year'.