Meet our Head Chef, Sasha Mackenzie
I am very proud to be the Head Chef here at Wheatlands. This is a position of trust and responsibility and I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity.
I have recently completed a course in professional cookery and wish to continue to expand on the skills and knowledge that I have learnt.
The kitchen team at Wheatlands has many years of experience, which allows us to cater for a wide range of diets, 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 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'.