I trained as a chef in 1995 at Queen’s Moathouse, then a 5 star hotel.
I worked in hospitality, progressing to an Executive Chef and in 2013 myself and some ex colleagues opened our own bar, restaurant and nightclub.
I then moved to Treetops Court. I’m learning everyday as its very different from hotels and restaurants, but I enjoy making a difference. It allows me to fully engage with the wider staff team and residents and there is a real sense of ‘family’ in the home.
Skills I have gained in the hospitality industry have easily transferred into the care setting. We have started growing some of our own produce and actively encouraging our residents to participate in this. It is wonderful to see their joy when seeing the produce that they have helped tend.
Together with the management team, we are continually thinking of new ways to provide a greater range of social activities around mealtimes to make them as enjoyable as possible.