Food at Tyspane Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Martin Brown
I love living in North Devon near the beach, Exmoor and the rivers and estuaries.
Over the past 20 years, my profession has taken me from fish and & chips on a Friday evening in a pub, to branded chain restaurants, to patisseries and cafes, to working overseas, and to AA Rosette and Michelin Starred restaurants.
I love to work with fresh produce from the sea to the orchard and hope to give the residents here a fantastic food experience at every meal.
Food and Nutrition at Tyspane
Our catering team at Tyspane Care Home consists of experienced chefs who offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food, which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs of people living at the home. They also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions to make those events that little bit sweeter. Sometimes we’ll even throw on the barbecue and cook up a storm in the summer heat. To get a flavour of the menu we serve here, please see the examples below.
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'.