The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has appointed Matt Goodman as catering manager of its Belvedere House care home in Surrey.
Matt’s appointment to the home, which delivers care to seafarers and their dependents, followed the retirement of long-serving staff member, Jenny O’Neil.
“I have been in the catering industry for 15 years now and it’s a proud moment for me to have been appointed as catering manager, following in the footsteps of friend and mentor, Jenny,” Matt said.
“I hope to bring my creative flair to dishes and will ensure residents are cared for in terms of nutrition and their favourite meals – I can’t wait to get started!”
Matt began his catering at school, taking a part-time job in a nursing home kitchen. He obtained his NVQ level 2 and 3 and continued to work at the Roseland Residential Home while studying at college, eventually working his way up to head chef in just five years.
In 2014 Matt sought a new challenge at The Royal Alfred and after working at the Society for three years, he was offered the position of head chef in recognition of his hard work, dedication to residents and above all, his skills for creating delicious dishes in the kitchen.
Brian Boxall-Hunt, CEO at The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “We’re thrilled to have appointed Matt as our new catering manager. His work ethic impressed us during his time as a chef and we are excited to see what he can bring to the kitchen in his new role – not to mention, sample more of his outstanding cooking! We’re eager to see Matt develop himself and his team further and this move underlines our commitment to providing the best quality of care to all our residents.”