Meet our Head Chef, Paul Murray
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.
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.
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'.