Food, Fun and Friendship at Care South

The importance of good food

Care South’s care homes are not just places to live, they are homes where our residents can enjoy live with peace of mind, in a supported and social way. We focus on the importance of the three Fs – Food, Fun and Friends…


There’s nothing better than a quality home-cooked meal, Care South’s care homes aren’t about fancy Michelin-starred meals every day with 10-course menus and caviar – rather, our chefs cook fresh, quality meals that look great, taste even better, and are based on what our residents would like.

We also focus on the overall dining experience in our homes as meals are more than just the food on the plate – they bring people together. Want to catch-up with friends over a Sunday roast? Not a problem. Rather eat breakfast in your room? That’s OK with us. Feeling peckish? Just ask the chef and they can whip up an afternoon tea or some snacks.

Good nutrition and hydration are important parts of the care we provide, which is why we provide homely and enjoyable food that supports the health and wellbeing of residents. We talk to residents before creating flexible menus around their likes and needs, working within any special dietary requirements. Many relatives often express their delighted when they see their frail loved ones looking healthier after some time at one of our care homes, with comments such as:

“It’s a really nice touch that every afternoon the residents get a hot drink and freshly made cake gives the home a nice social touch.”

“The food is excellent, beautifully cooked and presented very nicely.”

Meet the chef

Emily Chastey – Head Chef at Alexandra House

Emily has been the Head Chef at Alexandra House for nearly two years.

“I love cooking for the residents and see them as extended family, getting to know them and their likes and dislikes is important to me. I am passionate about producing fresh, well-balanced meals that the residents look forward too. Celebrating birthdays and making the residents birthday cakes is a highlight for me, seeing their faces when we present it to them.

“Food is such an important part of everyone’s day and we cannot let the residents down.”

Click here to see Chef Emily’s Alexandra House Steak & Ale Pie recipe.

Darren Lean – Head Chef at Fern Brook Lodge

Darren is the Head Chef at Fern Brook Lodge care home in Gillingham, joining the team in April 2020.

“The care and provision for our residents is paramount; I love that my contribution to this is providing good, quality, nutritional food for everyone, and have a great supportive team to help deliver this.”

Click here to see Darren’s delicious stir fry pork recipe.

Adam Moore – Head Chef at Fremington Manor

Adam has recently become the Head Chef at Fremington Manor care home in Barnstaple. He joined the home in 2011 as a housekeeper but has been training under the guidance of long-term chef Martin.

Martin, who is still at the home supporting Adam, said: “Being the chef at Fremington Manor is more than just a job; we are a family, we look after each other and have many wonderful times together.”

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