A training centre for school cooks has been established to help staff who have never been trained to cook nutritious and delicious meals from scratch. This is almost certainly a follow on from the Jamie Oliver momentum from a few years ago. Quite rightly schools have raised their game and also the budget for school dinners.
Where does this leave care homes? Care home catering needs some Jamie Oliver momentum - a celebrity who cares about food in care homes as much as we do. Food in a care home not only provides the nutrition and enjoyment of a meal but also the social centre of the day. A time to interact with others and chat.
At Chosen with Care we believe food is going to be the next 'big thing' in care homes. It is going to be one of the main differentiators between homes. It is simple for visitors and relatives to assess, we are all experts on food - we know what is good and what is bad.
Care homes, it might be time to start looking at a care home catering school...
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