Food at Lucerne House Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Darren Knockton

Hello, my name is Darren, I have just joined the Barchester group and I am very excited to be the Head Chef at Lucerne House.

Having come from the luxury hospitality sector I intend to bring my skills and knowledge into the kitchen to produce nutritious, seasonal, fresh and delicious recipes for our residents. My team and I take great pride and passion in our work and believe this translates into the food we serve.

Food and Nutrition at Lucerne

Our Head Chef meets with every new resident who comes in to the home to ascertain their dietary requirements. Likes and dislikes are discussed so that we can deliver a fantastic array of food that appeals to everyone. There is always an alternative choice at every mealtime and snacks throughout the day are available. Please see below to view our menu:

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Dietary requirements

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'.