I was born in England, but went to Zambia as a child and returned to England in 1988, when I started training to be Chef at Lewisham College and I worked at the student union as a catering assistant while studying.
I initially started working with Barchester Healthcare at a home in Wimbledon as a 2nd Chef and moved to Thackeray House 4 years ago, having been promoted to Head Chef.
I am aware mealtimes are a hugely important event in the day for our residents, so I endeavor to prepare, cook and present food from seasonal menu that residents enjoy. I lead a team of kitchen staff comprising of, a 2nd Chef, Kitchen assistants and hostesses whom I support in their roles and encourage to professionally develop. I work closely with the General Manager, Deputy and Registered Nurses to ensure we provide meals suitable for residents differing requirements, for example, Diabetic, Pureed, Soft, Halal, Gluten free and Lactose free diets.
Thackeray House, holds events for residents, relatives and local community throughout the year which always involves catering. This is jointly organised with the General Manager, Activity Coordinator and myself and relies on effective team work by all the kitchen team to make a success of the event. I communicate daily with the General Manager and visit residents in their own rooms regularly or chat with them in the dining room, to ensure we are meeting their individualised needs and they are satisfied.
I am always happy to prepare catering for special occasions for residents and their families and we have previously catered for a wedding, birthday parties and funeral teas. Visitors to the home will find they have access to tea, coffee and my home baking and many make use of this facility.
I enjoy working at Thackeray House, as there is excellent communication between all departments and I there is a great team spirit where everyone helps when required.