New chef! New kitchen! March 2021

We’ve made huge improvements to our catering department…

What have New Forest Quaker Care Home been up to over the last year?

Whilst many homes would of put off updating their kitchen during a pandemic Quaker House quickly put a plan in place to update our whole kitchen area, we hired a temporary kitchen which was placed at the back of the home.

By doing so this allowed the kitchen team to continue to provide high quality meals and the disruption to the residents was kept to a minimum.

Over the course of 6 weeks the old kitchen was completely pulled out and they started working on building the kitchen of any chef’s dreams.

The work was carried out swiftly by local companies, we have had a new flooring, wipe-clean walls, electrics and all new equipment put in place, this was all done under the guidance of Head Chef Lee and project managed by Support Manager Chelsea.

The new kitchen is now much more accessible, ample storage, a state of the art cooker – an interactive Rational oven, a fryer, fridges, freezers, an updated dry storage area and new eco-friendly dishwasher.

Head Chef Lee quickly wrote new menus – taking ideas and requests from the residents, staff and families. The residents all have a say on what is put on the menu – on their birthdays they are given a choice of choosing their favourite meal and picking their own birthday cake, Coffee and Fruit cake quickly becoming favourite choices among the residents (and staff) – all cooked fresh in the new kitchen.

Our Christmas menu included a beef fillet wellington, as well as of course the traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings. We like to make the most from holidays and events, planning an extensive menu for Easter with a freshly caught side of Salmon, home-made hot cross buns and delicious Crème Brulees.

Firm favourites for the residents is their Saturday brunches, the ever changing freshly home-made soup menu and the freshly made cakes for their afternoon tea.

A resident commented “this is the best fish and chips we’ve ever had – the fish is extremely moist and well-cooked, the beer batter was absolutely delicious.”

Another resident who used to treat herself to the occasional KFC suggested having something similar on the menu – Lee came up with a buttermilk fried chicken dish – which the resident stated “tasted even better” than her beloved KFC!

Lee has worked hard with his team and alongside other staff to ensure all dietary needs and allergies are catered for, ensuring he cooks dishes suitable for all, always offering alternatives if required.