Meet our Head Chef, Paul Murray

Paul started his career in the hotel business, learning his trade in such places as the Marriot and the Beardsmore hotels. Paul decided to take a new direction in his career and we were lucky enough to snap him up. Paul loves interacting with the people we supportand takes an active part in the Residents' Forum, hosting the Breakfast Club and holding cookery demonstrations throughout the year. He and his wonderful team provide a range of nutritious and tasty food via the seasonal menus, always taking into account residents' likes and dislikes.

Food and Nutrition at Four Hills

Food at Four Hills is the main topic of conversation at our Residents Forum and we try hard to meet everyone's preferences. We make a point of finding out what our residents likes and dislikes are and encourage residents to participate in our menu planning. Our experienced chefs choose ingredients that are both tasty and nutritious to make sure meals are both delicious and appealing.

Taking part in resident group activities is another area that our chefs take part in whether it is pizza making, cake decorating or fruit tasting sessions.

To get a taste of the food served in our home, please see the example menus below.

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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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