Food at Henford House Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Lorelle Woodward
I joined Henford as a Kitchen Assistant and was pleased to be promoted to Head Chef when the opportunity arose.
I enjoy cooking and creating menus for residents, who all have differing tastes and diets. This always makes for some interesting meals! I encourage those we support to suggest menu ideas and options, which can result in some unique alternatives and combinations.
All our food is prepared from fresh in the kitchen. We welcome family and friends who are joining their loved ones for lunch or supper, and host a monthly Lunch Club for people in our community to come in and sample our food. We also promote a Don't Dine Alone initiative, where people who don't wish to eat alone can come in to enjoy some company and a delicious lunch.
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone on our menu, which you can view below:
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'.