Food at Wheatlands Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Martin Hall
I started this role in Jone 2020 and I have over 20 years' experience within the hospitality sector.
I love producing excellent quality meals for the residents and their loved ones, whilst always taking into consideration individual's likes and dislikes.
Food and Nutrition at Wheatlands
Our catering team at Wheatlands provides nutritious and wholesome food for the people we support. Our team listen to residents' likes and dislikes and create a menu that appeals to all. Meal times are a big part of residents' days, and the food we offer makes a real difference to their health and happiness. Dietary needs and preferred foods are an important factor and it is very important that mealtime experiences are enjoyable, with great food, social interaction and a good level of ambience. Our chefs are creative and enjoy baking cakes for residents' birthdays and special occasions. We also like to welcome loved ones to enjoy our meals as well, so we can make it a special occasion for the people in our care. Please check below for a sample of our menu:
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that it is 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'.