Meet our Head Chef, Daniel Hill
Dan is a chef with a big passion for cooking and previous experience working in restaurants and hotels. He leads a team of chefs and kitchen assistants who are devoted to delivering excellent food for everyone we support. Dan and his team are always very accommodating in meeting anyone's special wishes and take up a cooking challenge willingly and with great enthusiasm.
Food and Nutrition at Kernow House
At Kernow House our kitchen staff consists of a team of highly motivated chefs and kitchen assistants, who cook a delicious range of varied food. What's on the daily menu is a result of listening to what our residents say they would like to eat, so everyone's likes, dislikes and preferences are always listened to. If you would like something other than what's on the menu, our chefs will do their very best to deliver this. We source our fresh fruit, vegetables and meat locally and bake our own delicious cakes.
When there is an opportunity to celebrate a special event or a birthday, we cater for this with an imaginative range of food and cakes.
Some people have special dietary needs and we always deliver good quality and nutritious food suitable for each persons need. We also support our care and activity staff to cook and bake on the units when appropriate, so our residents can take part and enjoy the process, the smell and the final result. Please see our example menus below, to get a taste of what we offer.
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'.