Food at Friston House Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Abin Babu

I am Abin, the Head Chef here at Friston House. I have enjoyed working as a professional chef over a period of 10 years. I have chosen the care sector and find it to be a very rewarding environment. I am passionate about cooking, with my specialist skill being desserts and pastries.

Food and Nutrition at Friston House

Our team of experienced chefs ensures that every meal is not only delicious but reflects each individuals likes, dislikes and dietary needs. Ensuring that each person we care for meets their nutritional and dietary requirements is a big responsibility this is why our chefs take into account our residents likes and dislikes and dietary requirements to create menu's that appeal to everyone. My chef enjoys creating birthday cakes for the individual residents birthday to make it special. Our traditional roast dinners and fish and chips are always a favourite, and we enjoy hosting various food related events throughout the year. An alternative menu is always available should the resident fancy something different. Please see our example menus below.

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'.