Leading care home provider Care UK has become the first care sector organisation to join the global #FairKitchens movement that aims to make to happiness of catering teams as important as diner satisfaction.
Co-founded by Unilever Food Solutions in 2018 to inspire a healthier and more inclusive culture in hospitality, #FairKitchens has more than 20,000 community members learning from each other’s approaches and creating a more resilient and sustainable businesses in the process.
The long-term ambition is to make ‘Fair Kitchens’ a point of preference, recognised by potential team members as good places to work and potential diners as an assurance mark of a high quality dining experience.
Hotel Services Manager Chef James Clear (pictured), who will lead Care UK’s contribution to #FairKitchens, said: “I am very much looking forward to working with a movement which focuses on ‘people first’, which is something Care UK truly believes.
“When I joined Care UK I was inspired by Food & Services Director, Jon Bicknell’s, vision of ‘Dining with Dignity’ which ensures the dining experience for our residents is the best it can be. I have learnt that to deliver this you need an engaged, motived team. I am looking forward to sharing how we do this with others across the globe so it can benefit their businesses too.”
Alex Hall, Executive Chef at Unilever Food Solutions and #FairKitchens ambassador, added: “I am very excited to have Care UK as a partner of the movement. There is a lot the catering industry can learn from the people centric way it runs its operation.
“I also think it is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the care sector as a place to work, especially in light of the pandemic. Sharing the stories and examples from Care UK could inspire others to consider it as an alternate career path.”