Meet our Head Chef, Lorenzo Nardone
I have been working in the catering sector since 2006. I began working as a commis chef, gradually making my way through the ranks. I enjoy cooking, and I particularly enjoy serving Italian. I enjoy interacting with the residents and their loved ones, providing nutritious seasonal meals planned with their input.
Food and Nutrition at Lakeside
Lakeside Care Home are proud of the delicious food we serve. We have 2 full time chefs and a pastry chef who are aware of each residents likes and dislikes. Our dining area at meal times is a social event for many residents, who come together and catch up whilst enjoying their meal. The chef personally serves each meal and overseas meal service, to ensure a smooth delivery and that the residents choices are met. We also have a host/hostess who will deliver room service if this is the preferred choice. Our residents have a variety of options to choose from each meal, including what they would like to drink. The host/hostess serve drinks and snacks throughout the day with a snack box available at night to ensure that the residents nutritional and dietary requirements are being met. To get a flavour of the menu we offer, please see the example menus 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.
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'.