Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Kathleen Foster

My name is Kathleen and I have been working at Worplesdon View for 5 months. I have worked as a chef in the care industry for 25 years now and have always enjoyed working in this sector. Since working at Worplesdon View I have tried with my team to bring back the traditional classics cooked well. Including two roast dinners a week, hotpots and fish and chips every Friday. Also more classic puddings including crumbles, bread and butter pudding, trifle and victoria sandwiches which the residents enjoy. I enjoy working at Worplesdon View as all the staff are friendly, helpful and is a great team to be a part of.

Food and Nutrition at our home

Our dishes here are constantly evolving, and take into account the desires of those we support, integrating seasonality into everything we prepare. Food and nutrition are at the heart of the home, so it is important that residents can enjoy a balanced diet that caters to individual dietary requirements. Whether people want to try something new and exciting, or just enjoy an old favourite, there is something for everyone on our menu. Please see below for more information:

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Dietary requirements

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'.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01483 676056

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