Food at Ritson Lodge Care Home
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.
Hello, my name is Tom and I am the Head Chef here at Ritson Lodge. I pride myself on preparing high quality food and seeing our residents enjoy the dishes that the team and myself create makes me very happy.
Our Hospitality team here at Ritson Lodge is committed to providing seasonal home cooked menus offering choice, nutrition and quality - including exciting menus to specific individual dietary needs and all appetites. The food we produce is hugely important to our residents which is why it is absolutely imperative that we always get their feedback and continuously meet the needs and nutritional quota of every single resident who chooses to make Ritson Lodge their home.
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'.