Meet our Head Chef, Simon Wilmot
Hello, my name is Simon, and I have been working for Barchester for over five years, and have been the Head Chef at Lucerne House since 2015.
Myself and my team pride ourselves on delivering fresh, tasty and nutritious dishes to the people of Lucerne House. We have recently introduced light starters and aim to have a menu which reflects the seasons, and is inspired by residents' feedback.
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:
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'.