I have worked for Barchester for over seven years, joining Highfield's team a year ago and am very proud that I was promoted to Head chef in July 2016. Myself and my team provide all the food within the home and I pride myself in our home baking and sweet treats. We cater for a wide variety of diets and include the people in our community to help plan menus.
I work closely with the Nursing team to ensure weight loss is monitored and find alternative ways to encourage people with poor appetites with foods and drinks they enjoy. We recognise everyone's birthday with a cake and if they request a special meal we will provide this for them. Parties and coffee mornings are all catered for with our own baking.
Away from work I love to spend time with my Grandson. I also spend my free time flower arranging and cake decorating and if time always I like to get engrossed in a good book.
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 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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