Virginia Woolf once proclaimed “You cannot think well, love well or sleep well if you haven’t dined well” If Care Homes are not the first place you think of to find great food, then think again. Frome Nursing Home was awarded the maximum five stars for the 9th year in a row, in the latest food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency. Head Chef at Frome, Ben Kerslake, is also celebrating 11 years of working in the kitchens at the home, having started as a kitchen assistant back in 2007.

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Ben and his team impressed food inspectors from Mendip council, who left well assured that the services available were the highest possible. They focused on the handling and storage of food, the cleanliness and layout of the buildings and the recording of food information.

Maggie Rhodes, Home Manager, proudly told us: “achieving 5 stars for the ninth time is an amazing achievement and a true testament to the continuous hard work of Ben and his team. They ensure that everyone living with us has a choice of food, as they would at home, which is always nutritious and well-presented.”

Ben’s passion has helped him achieve numerous awards and climb the ranks to the coveted Head Chef position.

He said, “I love working here, and the trust I have from the people living here is heart-warming. I listen and understand each individual’s tastes and nutritional needs. I get to exercise my creative side as well, particularly when using food moulds, where pureed foods are moulded to make them look as good as they taste. I can make mushy peas look like fresh peas straight from the pod!”

Maggie and the team at Frome Nursing Home have thanked Ben for his years of brilliant work and look forward to many more 5 Star meals.

Jerry Short