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Venturi Healthcare recently held their very first “Master Chef” style competition for the seven care homes within the group. It was an excellent opportunity for our Chefs to showcase their impressive culinary skills whilst inspiring others.For many of us, home-cooked food is one of lives greatest pleasures and it is of course important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
The competition was open to all cooks and chefs within the care home group, they were asked to prepare one meal, together with supporting information, within the home’s resident daily food budget. Entries were judged on presentation, taste, texture, imagination and culinary skills demonstrated. The competition was and the team of judges did deliberate for some time, they took in to account all aspects of the meals provided and concluded Terry, Head Chef of Victoria Care Home to be the over all winner.
This initiative has encouraged our Chefs to share best practice and meal time ideas with one another, promoting a wide range of options for the Residents.
“The standard of the mealtime experience in many of our homes is exceptionally high, I was really excited to launch this initiative that aims to regulate the level across all of our homes. The day was a real success with the Chefs presenting a wide variety of dishes. All entries were of a high standard, however Terry, the Chef at Victoria Care Home had the edge and won the competition due to his exceptional presentation skills.”
Venturi Health Care recognise the importance of celebrating excellence within care, we want to ensure the extraordinary lengths our staff team go to within each of our homes is acknowledged and rewarded.
As such, the company has recently rolled out a new initiative, the “Annual Care Awards” which recognises individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to deliver our Care Values, ensuring Residents receive responsive, nurturing care from committed genuine individuals. The Care Awards are inclusive and celebrate the hard work of employees across all departments within our service.
Residents, staff and visitors of Victoria Care Home have been nominating those who they believe should be awarded the 2018 Care Award and the winner was Terry – Head Chef.
Terry received lovely comments from those who nominated him,
“Terry always goes the extra mile with his food preparation for the Residents, the feedback received is always positive. He works to a high standard to ensure everyone loves his cooking. Recently, alongside the kitchen team he achieved a 5 out of 5 rating from environmental health. Terry is an asset to the Victoria Care Home Team”
“Terry is a committed, loyal and hardworking team member at Victoria, he is willing to support his team and Residents in anyway possible and this award is truly deserved. Congratulations to Terry! He has continuously proven him self worthy of this award improving the kitchen and menus available to the Residents. I think the Care Awards is an excellent initiative to ensure we recognise those who are willing to go the extra mile with their care delivery. A number of the staff received nominations which is a reminder to them that their work is appreciated by all.”
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