Meet our Head Chef, Joanne Kolat-Furca
Joanne joined the team at Overslade House in 2004 as a Kitchen Assistant and then progressed to Head Chef. Joanne and her team offer an extensive and varied menu catering for all residents' needs. Joanne finds great enjoyment working at Overslade House and is always prepared for any special requests.
Food and Nutrition at Overslade House
Our catering team at Overslade House is run by Marcin Stepisiewicz, Head Chef, with over 12 years experience of the catering industry. Marcin and his team of trained kitchen staff provide an extensive seasonal menu. Each meal is prepared with fresh, local produce and is home cooked. Our menu caters for each residents individual needs from vegetarian options, gluten free and pureed meals. We also offer home-made cakes and snacks throughout the day and enjoy surprising the residents on their birthdays with a home-made bespoke cake. For an example of the menus we serve, please see below.
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'.