Food at Werrington Lodge Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Sharon Cliffe
Sharon is our proud head chef at Werrington Lodge and has worked here for over 10 years. She brings with her a wealth of catering experience. She is passionate about delivering freshly prepared, nutritious meals, with a person centred approach.
Food and Nutrition at Werrington Lodge
Our catering team at Werrington Lodge offer a varied tasty menu to suit our residents' dietary requirements as well as an appetising selection of delicious cookies and biscuits. We are happy to cater for those special occasions and welcome you to celebrate them with us in our home. If there are any special dietary requests please just ask and we will be happy to oblige. For a taste of food in the home see our example menus below.
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it 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'.