Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Tony Boak

Tony has been at Hethersett Hall for 4 years and originally started as the 2nd Chef. Tony produces a huge range of healthy, nutritious foods and the residents thoroughly enjoy the meals he prepares.

Tony is a skilled chef who has over 20 years experience in the catering industry. Tony is responsible for meeting the nutritional need of every resident and can cater for all dietary requirements.

Tony enjoys spending time with his family and has a daughter who is in the Royal Navy.

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:

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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 01603 954 093

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

All other calls 01603 810 478

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