Food at The Cedars Care Home

Meet our Head Chef, Aaron Kenny

Hello I am Aaron; I joined The Cedars team as head chef in 2022.  I have been a chef for 12 years and worked in many different restaurants both in the UK and internationally including one of the world’s top one hundred five-star hotels in the world. I went on to serve as a Chef in the Royal Air Force during which time I became Head of the Pastry Section in the RAF Culinary Arts Team and selected for the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team. I then owned my own business for three years.

At The Cedars I manage the kitchen team and make sure the residents have the highest quality/nutritionally balanced meals, taking everyone’s needs and preferences into account and including this in the menus making sure everyone has the best culinary experience possible.

Our dishes here are constantly evolving, and take into account the desires of those we support, integrating seasonality into everything we prepare. Food and nutrition are at the heart of the home, so it is important that residents can enjoy a balanced diet that caters to individual dietary requirements. Whether people want to try something new and exciting, or just enjoy an old favourite, there is something for everyone on our menu. Please see below for more information:

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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'.