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Meet our Head Chef, Matthew Roberts

I joined Barchester as a Chef in another sister home back in 2012, where I worked on developing my skills. The experience there provided me with valuable insight into catering within the care industry. Now that I am the Head Chef at Field House, my role involves providing 5 star courses that are nutritious, with a fine dining experience for everyone we support.

My menus are created with the help of residents; we hold regular meetings to discuss the new seasonal changes to meals and what they’d love to see and enjoy.

I only use locally sourced ingredients and enjoy creating new and appetizing dishes that reflect the likes and dislikes of those who live here.

Food and Nutrition at Field House

Our chefs promote healthy well-being through individually tailored menus that take into consideration residents' likes, dislikes and dietary requirements; "menus created by the residents for the residents," using fresh, local produce. We hold a monthly themed dining experience called the 'Virtual International Cruise,' where we visit countries and taste their traditional dishes, that ultimately serves to form our menu choices. Please see below for a sample of what we offer:

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Dietary requirements

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'.

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