Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Rachel Gregory

I am happy to have joined the kitchen team here at Hilderstone Hall. I have 24 years of experience in various sectors of the industry.

I am really excited to be working here and, with all the training opportunities that Barchester provides, I am also eager to look at the menus and put my own personal stamp on them.

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:

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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 01889 861 845

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

All other calls 01889 505 468

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