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MAYFIELD HOUSE PUTS CARE HOME AWARDS ON THE MENU

MAYFIELD HOUSE PUTS CARE HOME AWARDS ON THE MENU

A Crewe care home has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award thanks to its talented chef.

Mayfield House, at Mayfield Mews, is hoping to be crowned ‘Best for Nutrition, Food and Dining’ after becoming a finalist in the Care Home Awards.

The awards are an annual benchmark of excellence and innovation for care home management, operations and delivery, and winners will be announced in July.

Anne Littleton, Owner and Director of Care at Mayfield House, said: “We’re immensely proud to have been chosen as a finalist. 

“It’s lovely to see recognition within the industry for the fantastic work of our chef, Rod Hulme, who has really gone above and beyond. Mayfield House understands dementia-type illnesses and Rod liaises with staff on dietary guidance produced by the Alzheimer’s Society. 

“We are now developing an in-house bakery, complementing our existing cinema room and pub.”

Kara Hulme, Director of Operations, and Rod’s wife, said: “Rod has transformed our menu, creating things like a selection of finger foods for residents with difficulty using cutlery, as well as moulded homemade puréed foods which look and taste like a fine dining experience.”

Rod, 37, from Crewe, began working as a kitchen assistant at Mayfield when he was 17 and was supported through training, including an NVQ 2 and 3 in Catering and ICT, to become a professional chef.

He said: “I have received tremendous support and encouragement from Mayfield House. 

“Quality food in a care home is important, as these people deserve well-presented nutritious meals to ensure they are getting all they need to remain healthy and strong. They also feel happier if they have had a good meal.

“The tastes and preferences of food for each generation of residents is everchanging and I like to adapt to their tastes. We are now streamlining the breakfasts to ensure residents have a hotel-style choice of foods.”

Award winners will attend a glittering ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on July 1. 

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