Meet our Head Chef, Nigel Coleman
My name is Nigel and I have been with Hickathrift House since 2011. I am responsible for ensuring that our seasonal home cooked menus are great, the food is superb, the home made desserts taste like Grandma used to make - and that residents' diets offer the choice, nutrition and quality that we pride ourselves on. All meals are cooked from fresh, seasonal produce; we set our standards high and always cook to meet the needs and desires of those we support.
Food and Nutrition at Hickathrift House
Ensuring that each person we care for meets their nutritional and dietary requirements is a big responsibility, which is why the catering team here at Hickathrift House comprises of experienced chefs who can deliver a fantastic array of both delicious and nourishing food. 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! For a taste of what we offer, please see the example menus below.
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'.