Food at Rivermead Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Sarah Lightfoot

Sarah along with her team is responsible for the catering service throughout the home. Sarah plans menus with input from residents and relatives to ensure balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Menus change four times a year to reflect seasonal produce and ensure variety. Sarah has worked in the catering industry for around 22 years in hotels, pubs, restaurants and care homes.

Food and Nutrition at Rivermead

Our catering team at Rivermead consists of experienced chefs who offer the best in delicious and nutritious food. Our Head Chef was proud to be Divisional Chef of The Year in 2015. Our menus change seasonally and are planned on resident likes and dislikes, feedback from resident meetings and local specialties. We hold full allergy information on all our dishes. Meals can be enjoyed in the dining rooms, lounges, bedrooms or coffee bar area. To get a flavour of the dishes on offer please see the sample menus below.

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'.