Keith Cook

Food at Oulton Park Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Keith Cook

Hello, my name is Keith and I am the Head Chef here at Oulton Park. 

I am responsible for managing the kitchen and delivering a first class service to both residents and guests of the home, ensuring that meals are of a high standard and that everybody is well-catered for.

My team and I ensure that residents are given the choice of nutritionally balanced, wholesome meals as and when they require them. Ordering local, fresh and seasonal ingredients, we create exciting menus that will cater to individual desires. I will always meet with new residents to find out what kind of food they prefer and how they like it prepared.

Food and Nutrition at our home

Our irresistible cuisine is prepared with only the very best fresh, seasonal produce, and based on the individual tastes of the people we support. Our menu will satisfy even those with the smallest of appetites; from breakfast through to dinner, residents can discover something different with fresh flavour and lovely presentation. Our fantastic chefs are always keeping themselves busy in the kitchen creating new and exciting dishes for everyone to enjoy. Please see below for a sample of what we offer:

Breakfast time

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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'.