Meet our Head Chef, Callum
I have worked at Chorleywood Beaumont since 2015. I am responsible for ensuring that residents' nutritional needs are met and that they enjoy all their meals.
Food and Nutrition at Chorleywood Beaumont
Our catering team at Chorleywood Beaumont consists of experienced chefs, ensuring people living at the home have the best nutritional and tasty meals which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs. They also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions.
We have an array of delicious cakes and pastries served daily for all residents and visitors. Light snacks are offered through out the day and night to those people who love our food. Our menus are seasonal, ranging from a Cheese Ploughman's for the summer months and hearty chicken casserole for those colder winter evenings. Please see the example menu 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'.