Food at Hethersett Hall Care 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:
Hello, my name is Becky and I'm the Head Chef here at Hethersett Hall.
I have over 20 years of catering experience having acquired my NVQ in Catering Craft and receiving my diploma at the age of 16. I joined Barchester in 2017 as a carer with an NVQ Level 2 in care after my fond memories of working here as a second chef in 2011. I then became Second Chef in June 2022 and was quickly offered Head Chef in July 2022.
Having worked on care here at Hethersett Hall I know all our residents really well and take a very person-centred approach to my cooking and baking. I love creating new dishes and variations depending on my resident's likes and dislikes, it makes me happy knowing people are enjoying my food!
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'.