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 who have difficulties swallowing, we modify the menu of the day so that the dishes are more palatable for them. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality team and our Chef Academy organise theory and practical workshops. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare tasty, modified meals safely and according to IDDSI frame work. This encourages residents to eat and enjoy their food. All our chefs have been trained in IDDSI food descriptors.
Attracting top chefs
Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager of the home. Selection also involves a practical element, where potential chefs are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and the annual Barchester 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'.