Food at Trinity Manor Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Lukasz Smykowski
Since Lukasz was a young boy, he was enthralled by some of the amazing food created by one of his neighbours who kindly took him under his wing and encouraged him as much as he could in all things culinary! Lukasz spent 4 years working in hotels and restaurants gaining experience where he could, before training as a chef after his talent was spotted and nurtured by one of his seniors. He has spent the last 11 years working in the care sector and he has definitely found his niche. ‘I love cooking for the residents and I especially love the look on their faces when they enjoy the food I create for them.’ Lukasz has a particular passion for cooking Italian food, especially handmade pasta!
It is essential that the people we supporting have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team is always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. Our food is always be cooked to highest standard and with residents’ preferences always in mind. The importance of a balanced diet is never be forgotten here, and our varied menus have something for everyone to enjoy.
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'.