Meet our Head Chef, Dawn Thompson
I am the Head Chef at Chester Court Care Home and have been part of the catering department for over 15 years. My role involves preparing nutritious and well-balanced meals for everyone we support. All of our food is home-cooked with fresh ingredients.
Food and Nutrition at Chester Court
As part of a team we strive to ensure our residents' receive the best quality meals. We work from a 4 week menu cycle and try to adhere to everyone's tastes. We also fortify meals for residents' nutritionally at risk. We manage and develop and provide a high quality experience to all guests, visitors and all residents in our care.
We strive to make all our residents happy and comfortable in their stay with us, in every department of the home. For a taste of the menu we serve here at Chester Court, please see below.
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it a soft, palatable dish. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality and Chef Academy organises theory and practical workshops. Working in partnership with Nutricia, our practical workshops involve all chefs and deputy managers learning about dysphagia and producing these modified menus. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare fork mashable and thick puree meals to the correct consistency, taste and presentation. The deputy managers can then ensure all modified menus served are presented correctly for our residents.
Attracting top chefs
Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager for the home. Selection also involves a practical element where potential cooks are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and our annual 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'.