Our catering teams are committed to ensuring that food and drink is nutritious and that we deliver an excellent dining experience.

All the meals in our homes are created according to a ‘handpicked’ philosophy guided by three key principles: homemade recipes developed around residents’ preferences; handpicked suppliers chosen for their quality and taste; and staff handpicked for their dedication and passion for both care and food.

Our catering teams use only the best quality ingredients, sourcing them wherever possible from local suppliers.

Residents can choose to enjoy their meals in the communal dining rooms, the privacy of their own room or with guests in private dining.

Colten Care's annual 'Produce Show' is a culmination of effort from the care home teams, including the support of our Chefs and catering teams, which showcases our commitment to home-cooked food and natural, handpicked ingredients.  Watch this short film to see more.

Our Chefs are selected for their experience, skill and imagination in creating wholesome and well-balanced meals.  As well as creating menus which meet our residents’ dietary needs our Chefs will lead the kitchen and waiting staff and manage the Home’s catering budget.  Our Chefs are also an important part of the Home’s management team.

The role of our Kitchen Assistants is to prepare cold meals, such as sandwiches and salads for the enjoyment of residents, and to ensure that all kitchen areas are clean and hygienic.  Our Kitchen Domestics wash-up and put away all dishes, cutlery and equipment, assist with general kitchen duties and ensure that everyone has a plentiful supply of clean water and drinks. 

Waiters and Waitresses provide a first-class service to both residents and guests both in the dining rooms and through Room Service.  Before and after each meal our waiting staff prepare each dining space ensuring that all tables are perfectly clean and beautifully presented.

What skills will I learn?

Working in catering with Colten Care you will have the opportunity to work in a team which meets the professional standards of a restaurant.

As a new Chef you will learn what makes an excellent dining experience for older people who expect the highest culinary standards within a prestigious care home environment. To maintain our high standards, our Hotel Services managers give continual advice and support to all our chefs, encouraging an exchange of best ideas from home to home.

As a new team member to our Catering team you will learn about every aspect of what makes a successful catering business, from how best to deep-clean kitchen areas, prepare nutritious and delicious food, to meeting the individual dining needs of all our residents.

There will be opportunities to undertake City and Guilds or similar qualifications in Hotel and Catering Services. 

What do I need to work in Catering?

As a Chef you will already be qualified to NVQ or QCF Level 3 or City and Guilds 706 1 /2. 

As a Kitchen Assistant, Kitchen Domestic or as a Waiter or Waitress no previous experience is needed.  Much more important is your ability to see to every detail, meet the wishes and needs of our residents and deliver excellent customer care.  You will be friendly, kind, honest, reassuring and an effective communicator, equally comfortable to follow instructions or work on your own initiative.

Previous experience of working or volunteering in a care, hotel or restaurant setting would be helpful.

You could also gain entry into a Catering job with Colten Care through a suitable Apprenticeship in hospitality and catering with one of our partner Colleges and other education providers within the Dorset and South Hampshire areas.

What can I aim for?

By completing comprehensive training in both the kitchen and dining areas, followed by completion of a suitable City and Guilds course, you could progress to a Chef position. 

We encourage our Chef’s to seek local and regional recognition for the standards of fine dining to which we aspire as a prestigious healthcare provider.  Our Chefs can also develop their skills across a range of different homes in different settings.

Our Chefs are chosen for their skill and imagination in providing wholesome, nutritious and well-balanced meals.  Our kitchen and waiting staff attend carefully to residents needs to make every dining experience a pleasure.

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