Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Dalton Baxter

Dalton was promoted to Head Chef in January 2018 and has been enjoy the role ever since. He actively ensures that the food he serves is of the highest quality at all times.

Food and Nutrition at Westwood House

Our Head Chef here at Westwood House is Dalton Baxter, who manages our catering team. Vincent Mascarell is the Second Chef and Charlene & Amanda are the Kitchen Assistants. 

We aim to offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food, which reflects the individual tastes and dietary needs of people living at the home. We also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions to make those events that little bit sweeter. In the summer we often light up the barbecue and cook up a tasty treat in the sunshine. To get a flavour of the menu we serve here, please see the examples below.

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Dietary requirements

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'.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

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