Food at Ouse View Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Eve Goodger
I have worked for Barchester for over 12 years, 7 of which were as Second Chef, and the last 5 years as Head Chef within one of our sister homes.
Since leaving school, I have worked in catering within a variety of roles, mainly in the care sector, which I thoroughly enjoy. Food is a real passion of mine, and I am extremely proud to be given the chance to work at Ouse View, and to provide our wonderful residents with delicious and nutritious meals.
It is essential that the people we will be supporting have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team will always be on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. The importance of a balanced diet will never be forgotten here, so our varied menus will something for everyone to enjoy, which you can sample 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'.