Food at Newington Court Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Stuart Knell

I come from a hotel/restaurant background and have been working in catering for over seven years now and love working at Newington Court. I have an NVQ Level 2 Nutrition and Healthcare and I am currently putting my self through a National Diploma in Nutrition to help me care and cook for our residents. Being a member of the National Association of Care Catering, I have constant updates and training to help care for your family members. 

Food and Nutrition at Newington Court

We ensure at Newington Court that each person that we care for has their nutritional and dietary requirements met. Our catering team comprises of experienced chefs who are able to create a fantastic array of both delicious and nourishing food. Our chefs take into account individual likes and dislikes to create menus that appeal to everyone. Throughout the day and night we offer light snacks and finger food for those that prefer to have little and often. For a taste of what we offer, please see our example menus below.

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Dietary requirements

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'.