Food at Winchester House Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Fran Bannister
I qualified as a Chef at the age of eighteen. At Winchester House we strive to give our residents and staff a varied and nutritious diet. All of our food is freshly cooked in our kitchen. We try not to use dietary supplements as we consider freshly cooked food, supplemented with nutritious snacks, such as smoothies and mousses, is more effective for maintaining and increasing individuals’ weights. This is underpinned by the focus of meal times being a social and important part of each and every day.
One of my favourite things is to make cakes and I am lucky that we have so many birthdays and special events to celebrate that require the chef team to make beautiful cakes.
Food and Nutrition and Winchester House
Our catering team at Winchester House consists of experienced chefs who offer only the best in nutritional and delicious food. It is important for older people to have a healthy, balanced diet to maintain physical and mental well-being and avoid vulnerability to infection, reduced muscle strength and fatigue. Our menus reflect the individual tastes and dietary needs of people living at the home. Please see below for a taste of what what offer:
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'.