Food at Four Hills Care Home
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.
Paul, our Head Chef, is very passionate about his work and regularly takes part in The Big Breakfast, where he hosts a fancy breakfast with some of the residents. Paul also holds demonstrations on Pizza making and cake decorating along with developing delicious menus for every resident.
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'.