Meet our Head Chef, Andy Wise
As Head Chef, Andy will make sure that every meal time is of a high standard and enjoyed by our residents. Andy is responsible for meeting any special dietary requirements. He enjoys 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 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'.