Food at Epsom Beaumont Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Gulcin Sinar
Gulcin is head chef at Epsom Beaumont in Surrey Downs. As a care home chef she regularly turns out meals for 55 residents, creating award winning menus that nourish and delight. She is passionate about raising the profile of catering in care and ensuring that the quality and creativity of this area of food provision is not overlooked.
Her skill at producing fantastic meals from her kitchen was rewarded when she was named Chef of the Year by the home she was working before.
Gulcin is always available to chat with any families or residents about her work and to answer your questions on the often-challenging nature of feeding those in care settings.
Food and Nutrition at Epsom Beaumont
Each Wednesday, a bar night is hosted, where all residents and relatives are welcome to come and taste the amazing snacks and food our chef makes, and to drink some of our lovely wine whilst socialising. Despite our chefs working in the kitchen, they also take the time to visit each resident when they first arrive to find out about dietary needs, likes, dislikes and favourite foods to really make each meal time enjoyable. Please see below to see a sample of our menu:
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'.