Food at Fountains Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Colin Buss

Hi, I'm the Head Chef at Fountains.

I was born in Hastings East Sussex.

I qualified as a chef in 1985 and after spending four years in the hotel & restaurant industry I started at my first residential home nearly 32 years ago and I’m still in the care industry!

I passionately believe that good food can and should be delivered within the care environment.

Food plays such an important part of our day to day lives not just nutritionally but psychologically too, which is why it is so important to deliver consistently good food.

I am looking forward to making wholesome and tasty food for our residents each and every day.


Our irresistible cuisine is prepared with only the very best fresh, seasonal produce, and based on the individual tastes of the people we support. Our menu will satisfy even those with the smallest of appetites; from breakfast through to dinner, residents can discover something different with fresh flavour and lovely presentation. Our fantastic chefs are always keeping themselves busy in the kitchen creating new and exciting dishes for everyone to enjoy. Please see below for a sample of what we offer:

Breakfast time

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Dietary requirements

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'.