Meet our Head Chef, Debra Cope
Having been part of the staff team here at Newton for almost 20 years, I am originally from Nottingham and have travelled a lot as part of my career development. Living locally, I enjoy playing football and also coaching for junior teams.
Food and Nutrition at Newton House
At Newton House, we cater to everyone's dietary requirements with our seasonal menus. Working closely with the activities team, we we create our menus around specific themes or occasions so that residents can enjoy a taste of cuisine from around the world. We also urge loved ones to join us during mealtimes. Please see below for a sample of our menu:
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'.