Food at Chorleywood Beaumont Care Community
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 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'.