Meet our Head Chef, Colin Marshall
I joined the team at Mulberry Court after serving in Her Majesty's Forces for 25 years in the Catering Corps. Here at Mulberry, we provide a wonderful choice of delicious and wholesome dishes. The food and the dining experience at Mulberry is recognised as an integral part of the lived experience, and I am responsible for managing the catering team, ensuring they provide a quality catering service to all our residents, guests and visitors. The highlight of my time at Mulberry Court so far, was being awarded the 'Five Star Dining Experience' in recognition of my team's catering abilities.
Food and Nutrition at Mulberry Court
Our catering team offers only the best in nutritional and delicious food, which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs of people living at the home. We also offer light snacks throughout the day and night to those people who just can’t get enough of our food, and in the summer months we can provide al-fresco dining in our landscaped gardens. The team also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions to make those events that little bit sweeter. All our meals are prepared fresh on the premises, using local produce wherever possible. To get a flavour of the menu we serve here, please see the examples below.
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'.