Food at The Manor Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Brian Merchant
With my team, I aim to deliver first rate dining every day of the week. All our food is cooked from fresh produce, and is of high nutritional value. We are always trying to deliver new and exciting lunches, dinners and desserts.
There's something special about being Head Chef at the Manor; the team is like a big family!
Food and Nutrition at The Manor
Our catering team here at The Manor have a passion for food. Their aim is to encourage our residents to socialise and meet each other over good, hearty, nutritious food. Our Chef's and team cater to individual needs whether that be vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, or food from a particular culture and create menus that appeal to everyone. Staff are encouraged to join residents during meals and families are more than welcome to join. Food is available 24 hours a day so if you fancy a midnight snack all staff are able to provide this. If you need a fortified meal or want a healthier, lighter option our experienced team are on hand to offer nutritional advice and help. Our chef will visit each resident personally every month to ensure we are meeting your dietary requirements and is present in our dining room every day if you change your mind last minute. From hog roasts in the summer to warm home made mince pies and clotted cream in winter when it comes to food The Manor does it. Take a look at sample menus below.
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'.