Food and Nutrition at The Rhallt

Our small, experienced team of dedicated chefs and kitchen assistants provide our residents with a nutritional, delicious and balanced diet individually tailored to meet their exact needs. Specialised diets include diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian and a pureed diet for those residents who require one.

For lunch our residents have a choice of 2 starters which can include, Pate, Garlic Mushrooms, Soup, or Prawn Cocktail, followed by a choice of 2 main meals and puddings. There are smoothies and snacks available throughout the day and a 'Try Something Different Menu' should they not like anything on the main menu. Please see our example menus below.

Breakfast time

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Try something different

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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'.