Meet our Head Chef, Nick Smith
Hi, I am Nick, the Head Chef, and I have been employed at Mallard Court for over 20 years.
I originally achieved the City in Guilds Class 706 / 1 & 2 at Bridlington College and have a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Advanced Food Hygiene.
Food and Nutrition at Mallard Court
Our team at Mallard Court work hard to deliver good home-cooked Yorkshire food, for Yorkshire folk. We are always keen to learn about favourite foods so that our chefs can prepare some delicious cuisine that is catered to individual tastes. Alternative diets for residents are always available in the home, as we can all appreciate that sometimes we just fancy something different. Please see below for a flavour of our menus:
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'.