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 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'.