Meet our Head Chef, Mo Bah
Since his arrival, Mo has been responsible for us all putting on too much weight! All the residents will agree that he has a way of making the most basic food an absolute delight. He has been a chef since 1989 working in many different areas, working in restaurants and as a self employed consultant to the NHS regarding ethnic foods. He prides himself on using fresh ingredients and local suppliers wherever possible.
Food and Nutrition at Lindum House
Our Head Chef is committed to providing a wide range of delicious home-cooked meals that reflect the individual likes, dislikes and dietary requirements of residents. Our ingredients are bought fresh, and wherever possible, sourced from local businesses. The Head Chef regularly meets with residents and families to ensure he creates a menu to please everyone. Particular favourites in the home are fish & chips on a Friday and the good old traditional Sunday roast. The menu is regularly changed to stimulate appetites, and our team recognises that many proplr have differing dietary requirements, and seeks to meet these on an individual basis; the taste and quality of the food is not compromised in any way. Our kitchen team particularly enjoy catering for special occasions, ensuring Christmas is extra memorable with those little treats we all love. A birthday never passes by without a lovely birthday cake to make the day special. Please see below for a sample of what 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'.