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 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'.