Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Matt Arnell

I've worked for Barchester for 18 months and enjoyed my time here at Gorseway.

I have over 15 years of experience working in kitchens, hotels, care homes, restaurants and bistros.

I also enjoy working with my kitchen team. We all want to give a good service to our residents and their families.

I work closely with Scott, my 2nd chef to create a balanced menu meeting the needs and requests of all of our residents. We also change the menus on a regular basis to reflect the seasons.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends and family I have two children, Finley and Ivy and they keep me very busy on my days off.

Food and Nutrition at Gorseway

Our catering team at Gorseway Lodge consists of experienced chefs who offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food, which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs of people living at the home. Our chefs take into account our residents likes, dislikes and dietary requirements to create a menu that appeals to everyone. We also offer light snacks throughout the day and night to those people who just can’t get enough of our food! Please see below for a sample of our menus:

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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'.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 0239 280 9856

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am-8pm

All other calls 0239 246 6411

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