Food at Ritson Lodge Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Andy Wise
Hello, my name is Andy and I am the Head Chef here at Ritson Lodge. My job is to make sure that every meal time is of a high standard and enjoyed by our residents. I am also responsible for meeting any special dietary requirements. I really enjoy providing quality food and catering to our visitors, relatives and guests whenever they visit Ritson Lodge.
Food and Nutrition at Ritson Lodge
Our catering team at Ritson Lodge are proud to serve traditional and nutritious meals throughout the day. We offer light snacks and our residents like nothing more than to relax by the coffee lounge area, with cakes and biscuits provided daily. Our catering team cares for Individual dietary requirements that suits the individual. Please see our example menus below to get a flavour of the food we serve.
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'.