I have worked at Springvale Court since 1998. It is my job to manage, develop and provide a high quality catering and dining experience to all residents. I also create nutritious, well-balanced menus that reflect the Barchester standards.
It is essential to our catering team here at Springvale Court that we serve nourishing and delicious food, as well as prepare meals that meet the dietary requirement of those living at the home. Our experienced chefs also make sure that every meal reflects on each individual's likes and dislikes in order to provide a menu that appeals to everyone. Throughout the day, we offer snacks such as home-baked biscuits and cakes, as everybody loves freshly-baked food! Please see below for a sample of our menu:
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.
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'.
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