Oakdale care home’s head chef promotes the use of fresh produce in care

David Black, Head Chef who joined the team at our Oakdale Care Home recently is responsible for using his industry knowledge to benefit residents’ health and wellbeing.

David recognises that food and nutrition is a very important element of the care that a resident receives at Oakdale. He explained: “Preparing freshly cooked, nutritional meals is a top priority for me and this is something that I have been delivering from the outset. I strive to inject passion and personality into our meals, that will not only provide our residents with their nutritional needs, but it also makes the dining experience enjoyable and continually varied.

“When creating the weekly menu, we take into consideration all of our residents’ specific requirements and ensure that we are producing balanced meals that both appeal to the taste buds but also have a positive impact on their health. There are often many misconceptions that are made surrounding an elderly person’s diet. For example, it is necessary to incorporate some fat into the diet. Omega fats that are commonly found in oily fish can help to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease.”

David joins the team with more than 20 years’ experience in the catering sector and has a Level 1-3 NVQ Diploma in catering and a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in health and hygiene.

Oakdale has private dining rooms for relatives and friends to have a family meal together. The communal dining rooms have also been designed to be bright and airy spaces, to promote socialisation amongst residents at mealtimes.