Meet our Head Chef, Kimberley Cooper
Kim is in charge of the kitchen team here at Woodside and joined us in 2017. She is responsible for providing a high class dining experience and ensuring that the food offered to residents meets all their dietary requirements.
Food and Nutrition at Woodside House
Ensuring that we meet the nutritional and dietary requirements for each of our residents is a big responsibility, which is why our catering team take into account all our residents likes, dislikes and dietary requirements to create a menu that appeals to everyone and offers both delicious and nourishing food. An alternative menu is also available to ensure everyone enjoys their meal. Our Catering Team love creating cakes and other treats for any special occasions to make them that little bit sweeter. We also offer snacks throughout the day and night to those people who just can’t get enough of our food! For a taste of what we offer, please see the example below.
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'.