Food at Springvale Court Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Brenda Earl
I have worked at Springvale Court since 2009. My father lived at this home and that was how I became a member of the team here.
Prior to working for Barchester I have worked in the catering industry for over eight years. I have a City & Guilds NVQ 1 & 2 in Multi Skilled Hospitality Services. I am passionate about my work and feel a sense of achievement when resident have enjoyed their meals.
I am always interested in people's idea for our menus and liaise with seniors about residents' dietary requirements. I'll always ensure that residents, staff, loved ones and visitors are offered refreshments upon arrival.
I especially like making cakes and other sweet treats for the children when local schools visit, and love seeing how much they enjoy eating them.
Food and Nutrition at Springvale Court
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.
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'.