Meet our Head Chef, Gibum Kim
I have been working for Queens Court since 2003. It has been a wonderful journey for me and, through the many challenges, I remained dedicated and have worked on my development to become the chef I am today.
I did not work alone, as I have an amazing and valuable team who work day in and out to make Queens Court the wonderful home that is today, and I am looking forward to what the coming years have to offer.
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 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'.