Meet our Head Chef, Dalton Baxter
Our head chef is Dalton Baxter, who manages our catering team. Raj Thonipadan is the second chef and Charlene & Sue are our kitchen assistants. They all work very hard together to deliver a high standard of food to residents. Please feel free to come in to try our food!
Food and Nutrition at Westwood House
Our Head Chef here at Westwood House is Dalton Baxter, who manages our catering team and is supported by Second Chef, Rajan Thonipadan, in addition to Charlene Newman and Sue Stutter, who are our Kitchen Assistants.
We review the meal provision regularly and provide fortified, tasty and nutritious meals for residents. The Chefs meet with residents regularly to discuss their particular likes and dislikes to ensure that everyone is offered a dish that they will enjoy. We work alongside dieticians, who also support the Chefs with additional training and advice about particular residents' needs.
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'.