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Meet our Head Chef, Janie Hughes

Janie qualified in 1972 as a chef and has worked in hotels and restaurants since beginning her career. Janie has been at Rhiwlas since 1998 and can often be heard singing whilst cooking - she is a member of the Theatre Clwyd Group and takes part in many of the varied shows, both singing and acting. She very often puts on one of her special performances at the home for the residents.

Janie adores animals of all description, particularly dogs. She looks after her grand-dog, called Geoffrey, on a regular basis, and Geoffrey often visits the home to meet the residents.

Janie has a high standard of catering and has been awarded a 5 star rating from Flintshire County Council - and has maintained this status for many years.

Janie and her team are very involved in social activities within the home. You will always find refreshments welcoming visitors in the reception. She feels it is important that we continually develop and reflect upon the support that we give and any recommendations that residents or visitors may have will always be welcomed and appreciated.

Food and Nutrition at our home

Our irresistible cuisine is prepared with only the very best fresh, seasonal produce, and based on the individual tastes of the people we support. Our menu will satisfy even those with the smallest of appetites; from breakfast through to dinner, residents can discover something different with fresh flavour and lovely presentation. Our fantastic chefs are always keeping themselves busy in the kitchen creating new and exciting dishes for everyone to enjoy. Please see below for a sample of what we offer:

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Dietary requirements

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'.

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