Food at Moors Manor Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Dave Black
I joined Moors Manor in 2021 as Head Chef and have the privilege of the overseeing & development of the catering team.
Having spent many years within this sector, I bring a wealth of experience and constantly strive to inject passion and personality into our meals, with a little love of course!
I feel there are so many positive attributes to being a chef within a care home; I personally love the interaction with the residents and family members and enjoy the constantly changing varied menus that are all freshly prepared using top quality seasonal ingredients.
I am often asked what fuels my passion, which is a simple question to answer: our residents. My primary focus is always their needs. When creating the weekly menus I like to engage our residents and take into consideration their specific requirements, likes and dislike as I understand the importance of not only providing well balanced nutritional meals but also meals that are appetising and appealing to the taste buds.
Delivering such high standards makes the dining experience enjoyable and continually varied for our residents. When chatting with residents after lunch and hearing how much they enjoyed the food is what makes our job so rewarding and worthwhile.
Our dishes here are constantly evolving, and take into account the desires of those we support, integrating seasonality into everything we prepare. Food and nutrition are at the heart of the home, so it is important that residents can enjoy a balanced diet that caters to individual dietary requirements. Whether people want to try something new and exciting, or just enjoy an old favourite, there is something for everyone on our menu. Please see below for more information:
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'.