Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Ken Wood

Ken Wood is our Head Chef at Lanercost. He has worked in this position since 2008, and prior to that has a wealth of chef training and experience in the chef industry in hotels and pubs. 

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 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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