Food and Nutrition at Milford House
Under the direction of our Head Chef, Hayley Dibden, our team of talented chefs and catering staff are dedicated to providing a range of delicious, nourishing and well presented food whatever the nutritional and dietary requirements of our individual Residents. Taking into account seasonal availability and the likes and dislikes of our Residents, a varied and tasty range of menu options are offered daily and light snacks and delicious teas, with home-made cakes of course, are available throughout the day and night. Families and friends are also welcome to come and join Residents for meals or special celebrations.
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'.