Food at Leonard Lodge Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Paul Brady
I started working as Head Chef at Leonard Lodge in 2009. I take the responsibility of ensuring each resident enjoys tasty and nutritious food seriously. I regularly talk to the residents to ensure the menu meets their tastes and requirements.
I commenced my career with the British Transport Hotels Ltd working in Hull, London, Leeds and Inverness, I came second in the Apprentice of the Year competition whilst in this position. I moved on to work for the Swallow Hotels where I became their International Chef of the Year.
I hold gold, silver and bronze medals at various competitions including from Hotel Olympia. I have also cooked for HRH the Queen, several Prime Ministers and leaders of other countries. In 1978 I held the world record for the most dishes cooked in one hour.
Food and Nutrition at our home
At the heart of our meals are fresh, seasonal ingredients that are bursting with flavour. Our food is cooked to the highest standard and we take great care to cater to the dietary requirements of everyone living here at the home. Residents may even discover a new favourite food or enjoy an old favourite prepared in a new and exciting way. We actively encourage loved ones to attend our mealtimes so that they can get a taste of what we offer. Please see below for more details:
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'.