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 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'.