Food at Lethen Park Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Charlie Bower

My name is Charlie and I am the Head Chef at Lethen Park. I have 18 years hospitality experience and have been a Chef for 16 years in restaurants all around the UK. I joined Lethen Park in June 2019. I am passionate about what I do and my aim here is to give the residents what they expect and deserve; good food nutrition choice and dining experiences, as well as laughter and joy. If you can’t find me in the kitchen I will be chatting with a resident somewhere. I will do anything I can for the residents and its an absolute pleasure to work for them in the home.

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:

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Dietary requirements

For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that it is 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'.