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.
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that it is 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'.