Care home chefs top up skills with Nestle training day

A selection of kitchen staff from across the Orchard Care Homes Group attended a hands-on training at the Nestlé Insight and Learning Centre in York, as part of an ongoing national partnership between Orchard Care Homes and Nestlé Professional.

The partnership, which was established earlier this year, sees Nestle Professional supply a variety of products to Orchard Care Homes.

Business development chef at the product supplier, Justin Clarke, together with customer development manager, Charlotte Fryer, conducted demonstrations with a wide variety of dishes using every day products.

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Recipes included a range of ‘three-step-soups’, cheese and onion quesadillas, and a baked fruit rice pudding. The dishes were all designed to be simple to prepare, strongly flavoured, and highly fortified, with minimal waste.

Food and beverage manager for Orchard Care Homes, Dianne Lilley, commented: “The ongoing training and development that we offer our cooks, in partnership with nationally recognised foodservice brands such as Nestle, is evidence of how we are continually seeking to improve the mealtime experience. We are pleased that Nestle has supported us with the delivery of this training course, which will ensure the continued diversification of our menus.”

Clarke added: “The challenges of cooking within a care home setting revolve around the fact that many older people live with impairments in taste, smell, and sight. It is important therefore to use versatile ingredients that are highly nutritionally packed, and that go far, offering residents a broader choice of meals and snacks that meet their nutritional needs.”

Nestle is also set to support the care home group in the second annual ‘Chef of the Year’ series in 2018.

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