Meet our Head Chef, Steffi Pritchard
Steffi has been working at the Mount House & Severn View since 2014 and was promoted to Head Chef in 2018. Steffi creates well-balanced and nutritional meals using locally sourced ingredients to provide a dining experience to remember for all residents and visitors. Steffi also holds nutritional meetings and tailors her daily menus to residents' preferences.
Food and Nutrition at Mount House and Severn View
Our Head Chef ensures that every meal is not only delicious, but also reflects each individual's likes, dislikes and dietary needs. Our aim is to prepare well-balanced and nutritional meals using locally sourced ingredients to provide a dining experience to remember for all residents and family members to enjoy. Please see below for a taste of the food we provide:
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'.