Food at Snowdrop Place Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Josh Dunnings
I have been a chef for over 10 years. I have quite a varied catering background within the sector: I started off working in rosette gastro pubs and bistros while doing my apprenticeship. I then went on to work within events catering all over Hampshire, where I got to work in some extraordinary venues, such as the HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower, all while cooking for some extremely prestigious clients including royalty!
I have a huge passion for cooking; I enjoy foraging wild foods and outside cooking. I am also an amateur chocolatier, so I love the sweet stuff! I am really looking forward to cooking for our residents, providing them with high quality, nutritious meals every day.
It is essential that the people we support have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team are always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. Our food is cooked to highest standard and with residents’ preferences always in mind. The importance of a balanced diet is never forgotten here, so we offer a varied menu that has something for everyone to enjoy, which you can sample below:
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'.