Award-winning chef Paul Rankin has been helping to train chefs from a number of Barchester Healthcare's homes.
While the spotlight in recent months has been on the quality of children's school dinners, Mr Rankin has begun helping out Barchester's stuff to ensure that they are providing care home residents with top quality, nutritious food.
Barchester Healthcare has been working in conjunction with Westminster Kingsway College's School of Culinary Arts to develop a training programme that will seek to improve the skills of Barchester's most experienced chefs.
Among the events organised for the care home staff was a masterclass taken by Mr Rankin himself and it is hoped that this style of training will deliver further improvements in the quality of food served in Barchester's homes.
Eliot Poulter, one of Barchester's chefs who has taken part in the training, welcomed the scheme and revealed his enthusiasm, commenting: "Everyone has different skills so it is great to share information. Applying these new skills in our own kitchens is a big challenge but when you learn the scientific processes of food on this course, you can use those skills in your day to day work."
Barchester Healthcare recently held their chef of the year competition, which was judged by Mr Rankin, among others, and saw Brian Hill, chef at Thackeray House care home in Croydon, south London, crowned Barchester Healthcare Chef of the Year 2006.