Food at Dudwell St Mary Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Christina Diss
Tina has been Head Chef at Dudwell St Mary for fifteen years and enjoys cooking for the residents, especially when there are themed lunches and special functions. Prior to coming to Dudwell Tina worked as a Chef in Hotels in Bexhill and Battle. Tina has also guided her team to achieve the Environmental Health Service 5 Stars in food hygiene.
Food and Nutrition at Dudwell St Mary
At Dudwell St Mary we pride ourselves in offering residents a varied menu of tasty and nutritious cuisine. We also cater for a range of dietary requirements and are always willing to prepare special requests. We have a catering team that enjoys making cakes, biscuits and desserts, and especially providing food for birthdays and other special events. For you to get an idea of our tasty food, please see an example 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'.