Food at Mallard Court Care Home
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 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'.