Food at Denmead Grange Care Home
It is essential that the people we support have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team are always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. The importance of a balanced diet is never forgotten here, so our varied menus offer something for everyone to enjoy, which you can sample below:
Hello, my name is Craig and I am the Head Chef at Denmead Grange Care Home. I create an outstanding daily menu and tailor these menus around residents and ensure I deliver a person centred hospitality.
I work with fresh produce to deliver high quality and wholesome dishes cooked at the highest quality and standards to create a warm, efficient and fun environment in our residents home.
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'.