Food at The Spires Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Kevin Hunt
I began at The Spires in October 2018 as 2nd Chef and was promoted to Head Chef in March 2019. I am a qualified pastry chef who has cooked for the Queen and another member of the Royal family. I love to get to know our residents, we have a herb garden in our rear courtyard, the herbs are in raised beds so the residents can help me care for them to use in our cooking. Individual nutrition and dietary needs are very important to me and my team, we take great pride in knowing the food we serve helps to improve residents' well-being here at the home. I also love catering for parties and special occasions.
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:
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'.