To celebrate Shaun's 25th anniversary at Taymer we thought we'd ask him to tell us about his experience.
I have been employed in the catering industry from the day I left school.I gained experience in working in various establishments; starting off as a commis chef in a hotel, and then working in various restaurants; I was a manager at Britannia and Monarch Airline for about 6 years and was responsible for ensuring that all passenger and crew meals (Luton Airport) were of the highest standard.
I joined Taymer Nursing home on the 1st April 1994 as Head Chef. I plan and prepare daily meals and my speciality is arranging and preparing for special functions such as Christmas and Easter celebrations. Each year I organise Summer BBQ’s and a Sunday ‘Afternoon Tea’ in which we serve different brands of tea along with homemade cake. I am responsible for managing and employing hospitality staff at the home, and working within some of our group homes.
I meet regularly with our residents to plan meals for them. We have good wholesome old fashioned meals as well as a modern choice. I believe food is appreciated more and tastes better when it’s cooked from scratch and made with fresh ingredients. If the residents wish to have another choice, then I feel it is important to give them another option. Whilst I enjoy being a chef, I am a team player and enjoy decorating the home at Christmas and over the years taking the residents and families on day trips to various places.
In 2009 one of our resident’s family nominated the Home and myself. The Home won the award for the Caring Home throughout the country and I won the Caring Person of the Year which Yours Magazine run every year. I cannot quite believe that I have been at Taymer for 25 years. Our Home Manager, Margaret Collins arranged a splendid afternoon buffet celebration for me on my anniversary day – Monday 1st April. Residents, relatives, past employees and staff were invited to attend and I was touched by their good wishes and kindness.
I hope to enjoy working at Taymer for many years to come until I retire!!!