I have worked in local restaurants in Ludlow for many years cooking to a high standard. In 2012, when the newly-built Hagley Place Care Home opened, I joined Barchester Healthcare. I very much enjoy my job; I am responsible for providing residents with nutritious, well-prepared and well-presented food. I love cooking treats for residents' birthdays and all our special events that Hagley place holds.
Ensuring that each person we care for meets their nutritional and dietary requirements is a big responsibility, which is why our catering team comprises experienced chefs who can deliver a fantastic array of both delicious and nourishing food. Our chefs take into account 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! For a taste of what we offer, on the last day of every month, we hold a lunch club offering a meal and activities. Please see below for an example of our menu:
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.
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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