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Meet our Head Chef, John Pomfret

John leads the catering team, creating and developing seasonal home cooked menus that are nutritious and varied. John ensures he knows each resident and their preferences, keeping them satisfied with a diverse and delicious range of meals. The team also try to ‘out cook’ each other, especially on the cake and biscuit front!

Food and Nutrition at Iddenshall Hall

Our Head Chef is proud to be part of the team here at Iddenshall Hall. His job is to manage the catering department, ensuring they provide excellent meals and drinks in line with our residents varying requirements and nutritional needs while ensuring the highest standards of food safety. 

The Head Chef and his team enjoy conjuring up interesting and new menus and ideas to delight residents, families and visitors to the home. They hold regular themed events and enjoy the challenge of delivering lots of interesting food related experiences. For a taste of what we offer, please see the example below

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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'.

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