Food at Lanercost House Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, David Graham

Hi, my name is David and I am the Head Chef here at Lanercost House

I am a chef with many years of experience, catering for the elderly frail and residents with dementia. I strive to make sure that each resident has a say in what appears on our menus and that our food is cooked in a traditional homely manner. 

I have additional qualifications in nutrition, so catering for specialist diets is no problem; in fact, it is a pleasure. 

I have a background in baking, so you will always get something of a treat with your cuppa on a visit! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Food and Nutrition at Lanercost House

Our Head Chefs have extensive experience catering for a wide range of specialist dietary requirements. Menus are developed in consultation with residents, so that we can cater to individual likes, dislikes and nutritional needs - and is changed with the seasons. We are proud of our hospitality service which delivers a high standard of snacks and drinks throughout the day. We have a dedicated hostess team to ensure a variety of drinks are present throughout communal areas and in residents' bedrooms. Special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries, are always celebrated with a delicious homemade cake. Our chef is happy to listen to any requests from residents and food is always a topic of conversation at our regular resident and relative meetings. Please check below for a sample of our menu:

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Dietary requirements

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'.