Meet our Head Chef, Ahmet Akkur
My name is Ahmet Akkur and I am from Turkey. I have been In Scotland since 2005 and have been working at Drummond Grange since l started my career as a Kitchen Assistant, eventually joining the Chef Academy, where l worked with the most experienced chefs and hospitality specialists in the business. I was promoted to Head Chef at Drummond Grange in 2010, and was named Chef of the Year at the 2015 Barchester Care Awards. As Head Chef, l have many responsibilities, which primarily includes providing tasty and nutritious food to the people we care for. All meals are cooked from fresh, seasonal produce; we set our standards high and always cook to meet the needs and desires of residents.
Food and Nutrition at Drummond Grange
We are extremely lucky here at Drummond Grange to have the 2015 Barchester Chef of the Year. Ahmet is renowned for his passion and ability to produce beautiful food. You will find the daily menu offers you a varied choice of nutritional and delicious food. Our residents likes and dislikes are always accommodated with a range of light meals and snacks available throughout the day. Sweet treats and healthy fruit are also available throughout the day. A variety of refreshments such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and juice are all freely available. For a taste of what we offer, please see the example menus 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'.