Food at Queens Court Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Rostom Abidi
I joined Queens Court in 2021 and am thoroughly enjoying working here. I have been in the industry as a chef for nineteen years, specialise in Gateaux design and am passionate about delivering the best dining and hospitality experience which our home is renowned for. I have qualifications in professional cookery, management and food supervision. I’ve achieved the top rating of “5” in Food Hygiene twelve times.
Food and Nutrition at Queens Court
Our Catering and Hospitality team at Queens Court consists of experienced Chefs and Hosts who offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food, which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs of residents living at the home. They also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions to make those events more enjoyable. From our Summer Barbecues to Christmas Dinner, each meal is balanced and full of flavour. We also enjoy fine dining in our Courtyard Restaurant. For a taste of the menu we serve here, please see the examples 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'.