Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Calvan Carrigan

I am the Head Chef at Sherwood Lodge. I have been a chef for over 30 years and 7 of those years were spent running my own business in France. During those years, I gained a wide variety of experience. As Head Chef, I have many responsibilities in dealing with residents and guests alike, ensuring that they get the best possible healthy and delicious food. All the meals are cooked from fresh produce with ingredients that are sourced locally from the lovely county of Lancashire.

Food and Nutrition at Sherwood Lodge

Our catering team at Sherwood Lodge consists of experienced chefs who offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food. Our chefs hold meetings with the residents on a monthly basis to discuss the likes and dislikes they may have and if there is anything specific that they wish to be included in the menu. In the summer months a few of our residents enjoy a salad which is freshly prepared with what they like. In the kitchen the chefs have lists which are updated daily with the dietary requirements and allergy's of all our residents. We also offer refreshments and snacks throughout the day and night. To get a taste of the food we serve, please see the example menus below.

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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'.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01772 307 593

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 01772 715 077

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