Dorothy cooks up a storm at Richmond!

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A resident at Richmond Care Home has fulfilled her dream of returning to the kitchen she once managed, in our care home where she now lives.

Dorothy Townsend, 87, once a head cook at Richmond Care Home was delighted to return to the kitchen where she was once in charge.

The kitchen staff at our care home invited Dorothy (Dot) to join them in the kitchen, 12 years after she retired from her role at the home.

Richmond’s Community Manager, Natasha Westwood, said, “We knew that Dot was keen to visit her old kitchen. She didn’t want to ask so we thought we’d surprise her.”

Dot spent a morning with our current head cook at the home, Teresa Scott, and her daughter, Debbie Scott. Remarkably, both Teresa and Debbie were shown the ropes by Dot when she trained them up at the time that they joined Richmond Care Home.

Teresa said, “I have such fond memories of working with Dot. She always gave 100% effort to her work and was fun to be around.”

Dot became a resident at Richmond Care Home in Shirebrook, in February 2019 – a natural choice for her after working as a cook at the home for eleven years.

And one thing that Dot enjoys about our care home today is the freshly prepared food – especially the sausage pie!

The kitchens at Richmond Care Home have a 5-star hygiene rating, a scheme that wasn’t introduced by the Food Standards Agency until 2010, two years after Dot retired.

Dot raised a smile on her visit when she asked, “Where are the tea towels?” before Teresa explained that tea towels don’t meet with today’s hygiene standards.

Our resident chefs enjoyed showing Dot the latest developments in the kitchen before she returned to the main part of the home for the afternoon.

Natasha joked as the visit came to an end, “There’s definitely no such thing as too many cooks”.

See the article about Dot in the Chad newspaper.

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Posted on 9th March 2020

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