Joanne Kolat-Furca

Food at Overslade House Care Home

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.

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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'.