Within three of our services, we have fully trained kitchen staff that provide hot, two course meals to our Day Service customers.
Each team, take time and care to plan the daily menus, ensuring that the food offered to customers is healthy and tasty in equal measure. The reality of cooking for large numbers is a long way from the cooking programmes we see on television, whether you were a fan of Fanny Craddock, or are an avid follower of Master Chef, the work involved in the Age UK Medway kitchens puts them all to shame.
Our centres provide meals from between, 35 and 50 people per day, and every meal is cooked from scratch, starting at 9:30 in the morning. Meals are served at 12:30. In that 3 hours each day, our staff can be seen preparing the vegetables, making desserts, carving roast meats, making pastry and of course, taking in deliveries and restocking the larders. It is a blur of activity every day, and no matter what the circumstances, our kitchen teams rise to the occasion and deliver a very high standard every day. The kitchens are a very busy, very hot and pretty stressful environment on a normal day. In additional to the preparation and cooking of course, there is a wealth of other tasks that have to be completed in the day, including ordering, temperature checks, cleaning, washing up, more washing up, and the occasional celebratory cake to make too.
Age UK Medway is extremely proud of the kitchen staff teams, who are to an extent, the unseen engine drivers of our day services. We were delighted to receive the 5 star environmental health award for two of our kitchens, inspected this summer, and have every reason that we will make it three out of three when our third, newest kitchen is inspected later in the year.
I would encourage all of our customers, using our kitchen services, to make suggestions of menus that you would like to eat in our day services, and if anyone has a secret recipe for a favourite cake that you would like us to make, let us know and we will ask kitchen staff to oblige.