Food and Nutrition at Latimer Court
It is the Head Chef's role to provide and maintain high standards of food and service to those we support. As a team, it is our duty to provide residents with everything they need, which includes meeting all of their dietary requirements, as well providing a well-balanced and varied menu. We achieve this by having all of our produce delivered fresh from local suppliers, and cooking and baking everything ourselves to ensure that residents receive the best quality homemade meals and service to match. Please see below for a flavour of everything 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'.