Food at Queens Manor Care Home
At the heart of our meals are fresh, seasonal ingredients that are bursting with flavour. Our food is cooked to the highest standard and we take great care to cater to the dietary requirements of everyone living here at the home. Residents may even discover a new favourite food or enjoy an old favourite prepared in a new and exciting way. We actively encourage loved ones to attend our mealtimes so that they can get a taste of what we offer. Please see below for more details:
Hello! My name is Raymond Thomson and I am the Head Chef at Queens Manor Care Home.
Here at Queens Manor we provide a wonderful choice of beautiful, delicious and nutritious dishes. The food and dining experience at Queens Manor is recognised as an integral part of the lifestyle here at the home and I am committed to working alongside the Head of Lifestyle to ensure that our residents needs and expectations are not only met, but exceeded.
When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my brother, who was a chef – This is how I caught the Chef Bug and from here I dedicated my time to developing my skills and becoming great at what I do!
Having background in hotels, weddings and events I have the knowledge and experience to cater to our residents individual dietary needs, as well as the creativity to ensure that our mealtimes are also exciting times!
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'.