Meet our Head Chef, Jake Chadwick
Hello, my name is Jake Chadwick and I am the Head Chef here at Hilderstone Hall. I have been with Barchester since 2010 and started as a young Kitchen Assistant and eventually progressed to the role of Head Chef, as I have a passion for food that looks good and tastes great.
I am hoping for many more years in this role and I am always looking to improve on our currently high standards. I work with a small hospitality team who all have a great eye for detail and we recently received a food hygiene rating of 5, which we are all incredibly proud of.
We look forward to your visit.
Food and Nutrition at Hilderstone Hall
Our catering team at Hilderstone Hall consists of experienced chefs who ensure that the nutritional and dietary requirements of each person we care for are met. Our chefs deliver a fantastic selection of delicious and nourishing food, whilst also catering to any individual requirements, taking into account any likes and dislikes. Snacks are also offered throughout the day and night for residents who feel a little peckish between meals. Please see below for a taste of what we offer on the menu:
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'.