Food at Claremont Parkway Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Matt CarrI started my catering career in London and managed public houses. I started catering for weddings, birthdays and christenings, which led into full wedding planning. I then moved to Northamptonshire and worked in school catering as a pastry chef and restaurant supervisor. In 2012, I moved on to working at Market Harborough Golf Club as Food & Beverage Manager, catering for special events and functions. I was pleased to join the team at Claremont Parkway in November 2018, and it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to provide great food and good service. Food is a key part of looking after our residents, with meal times being a really important part of the day, and I take pride in the fact that I provide that special time for everyone.
At the heart of our meals are fresh, seasonal ingredients that are bursting with flavour. Our food is cooked to the highest standard and we take great care to cater to the dietary requirements of everyone living here at the home. Residents may even discover a new favourite food or enjoy an old favourite prepared in a new and exciting way. We actively encourage loved ones to attend our mealtimes so that they can get a taste of what we offer. Please see below for more details:
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'.