Food at Fairview House Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, John Grover
I have been privileged to be winner of the 2018 Nall Care Chef of the Year, and invited to be a judge at the 2019 final, working with extremely knowledgeable people. I have been in care for 6 years now, working with Balhousie, Mealmore and Craigard. I love producing quality food that is tasty, appetizing and very appealing to my clients.
I seek feedback from residents, relatives and fellow professionals in order to produce the pinnacle of variety, textures, colour and flavour, ensuring we cater for everybody’s needs. As a rather mature chef, I spent 24 years in the army, where I worked mainly in officers' messes, producing anything from top table lunch to weekend balls.
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone on our menu, which you can view 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'.