The catering and nutrition offered to residents at Amore Care’s Bannview House has been commended by the Health Minister.
Bannview House, part of the Priory Group, welcomed Edwin Poots to the home where he chatted with residents, met the staff and reviewed the home’s catering processes and menus.
Nutrition is one of the key standards the Department of Health in Northern Ireland is focussing on. Mr Poots toured the kitchen, which has a five star food hygiene rating, and was interested in how the food was sourced and prepared and commended the home on providing a choice of meals that is both tasty and nutritional.
The Minister sampled a slice of home-made Banana Cake.
Afterwards he commented: “I am really impressed with the standard of catering that exists within Bannview House.”
Chef Darren Martin learned his trade in the Royal Navy, training in Aldershot and working for a number of years as chef in a submarine. He prides himself on offering a variety of home-made meals, with all ingredients sourced locally.
In addition the residents enjoy home-made bread, cakes, scones and delicious desserts.
Darren said: “The catering at Bannview is led by the residents’ needs and flexibility is the key.
There’s always a wide choice of alternatives we can prepare if an individual wants a lighter option or doesn’t like the dishes on the daily menu.
“Food was always a major factor in keeping morale high on the submarine and it is no different in a care home, good nutrition is a key aspect of good care.
“We understand the importance of providing nutritionally balanced, tasty and well-presented dishes and are very proud to receive such praise from the Minister.”