Food at Woodhorn Park Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, David Thomson
Hi, My name is David and I am delighted to be part of the Woodhorn Park team as Head Chef. I am passionate regarding the delivery of high quality catering and dining experience for all our Residents. I have had a number of years in the catering sector and keen to work hands on alongside team members and develop menus listening to what our Residents would like to eat and enjoy and offering choices for them.
Food and Nutrition at Woodhorn Park
Woodhorn park have a carefully balanced choice of menu, tailored after discussion between our chefs, residents, their families and the responsible key worker further supports our residents well-being. We allow residents to eat in a relaxed dining environment with adapted crockery and tableware, and we offer plate presentation to allow a visible choice of meals. For residents who have difficulties in eating and swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that it meets there dietary needs. We have developed our chefs through the Barchester chef academy, which offers on-going training and development to our chefs and kitchen staff which trains them specifically to enhance the clients meal time experience. For a taste of what we can offer, see the example menus below.
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'.