At Anchor, we take great pride in the range of high quality, seasonally focused, and nutritionally balanced meals our chefs make available to customers on a daily basis.

The meals served across our care homes are created not just with a deep understanding of each resident’s specific needs, but with an awareness of important personal role food plays in all our lives. 

After all, we all know that when it comes to food, individual tastes and preferences are everything. That’s why in all our homes, our catering teams make an effort to get out of the kitchen and speak to the people they cook for on a daily basis. We all have strong memories associated with certain recipes, foods, specific meals, and for our chefs, it’s important that the food they serve isn’t anonymous.

Every plate tells a story

By engaging with residents, finding out about their likes and dislikes, and discovering more and more about the people they cook for, Anchor chefs make sure that every meal they serve comes with a personal touch.

To find out more about how our chefs deliver a person-centred approach to cooking, we went to our Dawson Lodge and Manor Court care homes and talked to chef managers Verity and Simon about the recipes they love to cook, and that their residents love to eat.  We also spoke to residents Betty and Carol, whose stories illustrate that something as seemingly humble as cooking and sharing with others can actually leave a long lasting impact.

Meet our chefs and residents, and find four recipes from Simon and Verity below.

  • Meet Verity, Chef Manager at Dawson Lodge

    Verity is Chef Manager at Dawson Lodge care home in Southampton. Read about Verity’s approach to food, and download her care home recipes for Carrot Cake and “Maybes”.

  • Meet Simon, Chef Manager at Manor Court

    Simon is Chef Manager at Manor Court care home in Plymouth. Find out about Simon’s work, and download his care home recipes for Lemon Drizzle Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  • Meet Betty, a Manor Court resident

    Betty lives at Manor Court care home in Plymouth. Growing up with rationing, Betty learned the importance of food early on in life; read her story here.

  • Meet Carol, a Dawson Lodge resident

    Carol is a resident at Dawson Lodge in Southampton. Read about why Carol thinks food helps us to keep in touch here.