Caring Homes Chef Tom talks food with resident Maureen
Caring Homes have seen four Chefs based in homes across the country named as finalists in the Regional cook-offs for the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020.
During a series of regional heats across Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Surrey and West Sussex, our care chefs will be showcasing their exceptional talent, skills and knowledge in this specialist field of catering to secure a coveted place in the National Final.
Chefs have trained and worked extremely closely with our Chef development team, mentor chefs and residents designing menus that feature many of their favourite foods and involved them in the development of the dishes from choosing the ingredients to preparing and presenting the plates. They are now all preparing to go head to head at their regional heats where they will compete for the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020 title.
Steve Harding, Executive Chef for Caring Homes said;
“As Chefs we know that food will need enhancing to compensate for the loss of some of the senses in the person living with dementia. So, we can induce appetite. The more you know about the resident the easier it is to adapt to their needs and expectations.
“The way we think about dementia continues to develop with person centred care – putting the person before the dementia and doing what is best for each individual. We see the person first not the dementia.
Our chefs have all passed three of Caring Homes Group Dementia training standards ‘Living in my World’ including in house City and Guilds accredited training; ‘My food in my world’, ‘Dysphagia food in my world’ and ‘Serving food in my world’ which has enabled them to understand how food has the potential to positively impact on the lives of residents.
Congratulations to our Chefs at Dan at Galsworthy House, Steve at Abbeycrest, Tom at Mill House and Chris at Broadbridge Park.
We wish them all the very best as they cook their hearts out at their regional heats over the coming weeks!