Food at Westvale House Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Chris Nicholl
Hi, my name is Chris Nicholl and I am the Head Chef here at Westvale House, I started here in December 2021.
I have been a chef for the past 40 years and worked in such places at the Savory group, Sodexho and Liverpool Football Club. I fully enjoy what I do, its not just a job to me its my passion.
I aim to bring lots of new and existing recipes for our residents here at Westvale and work on a person centred approach with everything I do.
Outside work I am a Scout leader and have been for the past 20 years. I have attended the last 4 World scout jamborees taking the role of the catering manager and also been a key person in the organisation of the whole trip.
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our dishes here are constantly evolving, and take into account the desires of those we support, integrating seasonality into everything we prepare. Food and nutrition are at the heart of the home, so it is important that residents can enjoy a balanced diet that caters to individual dietary requirements. Whether people want to try something new and exciting, or just enjoy an old favourite, there is something for everyone on our menu. Please see below for more information:
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'.