On Thursday 18th October, Hampshire Care Association partnered with Harvest Fine Foods to host two care cook workshops in Harvest’s demo kitchen in Totton. The sessions for care home chefs and cooks were led by expert care chef Preston Walker and Chocolate Master Sam Rain, Winner of Bake Off Creme De La Crème. The workshops focused on the difficulties of providing interesting and nutritious meals for residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and the new IDDSI (The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) Diet Descriptions which come into effect in April 2019.

Care Chefs strive to meet and exceed the expectations of people living in care homes on a daily basis and it is important for them to provide patients in care with not just high quality, nutritional meals for a balanced diet but well-presented, mouth-watering food, which helps them to feel better. However, creating meals suitable for those living with dysphagia or dementia is an additional challenge.

As well as covering the new diet descriptors, the workshops also gave the care chefs ideas for creating quick and cost effective meals for people with dysphagia and dementia. After watching the demonstrations the chefs were invited to taste the food that had been made, including scones and jam that had been made into a mousse and non-alcoholic gin & tonic. After the demonstrations, the chefs were given a guided tour of the Harvest premises where they were able to see how their fresh food is prepared and packaged ready for use.


Quote from Harvest Fine Foods: “As a patron of Hampshire Care Association, we were proud to host and sponsor the care cook workshops for care chefs. At Harvest, we are always looking for innovative solutions for our customers catering requirements and from working with Preston, we are learning what care chefs requirements are in more detail”.

Quote from Sarah Sibley, Marketing & Events Manager at Hampshire Care Association: “Our role as a Care Association is to represent and educate care providers across the county and one of the ways we do this is by hosting seminars and workshops. Whilst our seminars are big events that tend to cover a wide range of general care related topics, it’s also important that we put on these smaller workshops that cover more specific subjects. Having sat through the sessions and tasted the food myself I have to say I was really surprised and impressed with how nice dysphagia friendly food can be. The scone mousse in particular was amazing! It tasted just the real thing and it’s so lovely that all residents enjoy afternoon tea, even if they have swallowing problems.”

Quote from workshop attendee: “I wanted to find out about what food can be pureed and still keep the nutritional content, within the meal despite the texture and want to create meals people look forward to eating three times a day. I have learnt that pureed food can be nice!”

About Hampshire Care Association

Hampshire Care Association is a not for profit membership association run by a voluntary Executive Committee comprising of experienced care providers. Their membership consists of residential & nursing care providers from across the county, including those offering Dementia, Learning Disability, Mental Health & Physical Disability care.


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