Food at Waterside Court Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Dennis Richards
Hello, my name is Dennis and I am the Head Chef at Waterside Court.
I have been working as a qualified Chef for 27 years. I have previously worked in high-end hotels and whilst this is my first role in a care home environment, my knowledge of delivering the ultimate dining experience is easily transferrable.
I am passionate about creating a lavish, restaurant-style meal experience that makes our residents feel special and treated. I strongly believe that good food can be and should be delivered within the care environment.
Food plays such an important part in our lives and impacts not only our physical health, but our emotional wellbeing as well. That’s why it is so important to me to make sure I am delivering wholesome and delicious food to our residents every day.
In my own time, I enjoy going out and listening to R&B music. There’s always music on in my kitchen and I enjoy brining that lively part of myself to work as well.
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone on our menu, which you can view 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'.