Food at Southgate Beaumont Care Community

Meet our Head Chef, Daniel Lee Brook

Head Chef

Hello my name is Daniel and I am Head Chef at Southgate Beaumont

I love being a Chef and my interest in cooking came from helping my mum when I was growing up.

I went to Crawley college to do an NVQ in Catering and Hospitality and took on a work placement in a prestigious hotel in Sussex

After qualifying at a Chef I moved to London in 2001 and worked in various gastro pubs and restaurants with in The Conran Group. I also worked at Soho House and cooked for many high profile celebrities.

I have been working at Southgate Beaumont since August 2019 as Head Chef and love being part of the team. In January 2022 I was invited to attend the Barchester Chef academy where I am involved in the coaching and support of trainee chef’s across the Barchester Group Jan 2022

I really enjoy meeting and getting to know residents. It makes me very happy to see the delight and enjoyment my food brings to people.

I look forward to meeting you soon.


Food and Nutrition at our home

Our irresistible cuisine is prepared with only the very best fresh, seasonal produce, and based on the individual tastes of the people we support. Our menu will satisfy even those with the smallest of appetites; from breakfast through to dinner, residents can discover something different with fresh flavour and lovely presentation. Our fantastic chefs are always keeping themselves busy in the kitchen creating new and exciting dishes for everyone to enjoy. Please see below for a sample of what we offer:

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'.