Food at Trinity Manor Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, David Jaques
David has been a Head Chef for over 25 years, having always worked in the private care home sector.
His absolute passion is baking – anything from pastries to an intricate croquembouche.
Our Head Chef took part in various competitions, including the Great British Care Awards and was awarded a runner up prize.
David has started running a monthly baking club with our residents, where he will be baking with them and sharing experiences from our satellite kitchens located in all dining rooms.
David is extremely passionate about offering dishes to his residents that contain fresh, tasty ingredients, and for him, presentation is key.
David is originally from sunny Lymington in Hampshire and a family and has a 3 year son. In his free time, he loves Jurassic coast walks, mountain biking, football and badminton.
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'.