Food at The Cedars Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Rich Parrott
Hi. I'm Rich, the Head Chef at The Cedars in Bourne. I've been a chef all my working life and have over 30 years' experience having trained in the Navy. I pride myself on serving high quality, well balanced, attractive food. I know that food is a huge part of our residents' daily lives and it is important for their families to know that they are eating well. I get to know our residents so that I can accommodate food preferences, allergies, nutritional requirements and swallowing consistencies. I also make sure there are plenty of treats, and cakes for birthdays and other celebrations. I also support the Activities Team by providing ingredients for food-related activities.
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:
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that it is 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'.