Nic’s cooking up a storm after 30 years in nursing home kitchen | News
LINDEN House cook Nic Cappell celebrates 31 years working at the Wellington nursing home in May and has just retained her five-star rating from Environmental Health.
Nic started her career at Linden House in 1987 as a care assistant. After completing several courses including Catering & Hospitality Food Preparation and Cooking, Eating for Health in a Care Home, a City & Guilds in Design and Decoration of Flour Confectionery, Chocolate and Design, to mention a few, Nic became the Linden House cook in 1998. She then continued her study and in 2005 received a Distinction in her Diploma in Human Nutrition.
Eight of Nic’s wedding cake designs have been published in magazines including Wedding Cakes – A Design Source.
Nic’s love of food and cooking stems from her childhood. Her parents and grandparents were very self-sufficient and meals served at the table were all either raised or grown at home. She remembers her grandfather saying at a family Sunday meal: “We’ve produced this lovely meal”.
Nic’s grandmother would always make the Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, while her grandfather provided the artistic touches to the icing. Nic’s mother would always make novelty cakes for parties – so it is no wonder Nic has followed in her family footsteps to be the cook she is today.
At Linden House, Nic and her team cater for every palette and every diet. Not only does Nic think of the health implications, she also thinks of the fun she can bring to food, producing amazing novelty treats for every occasion.
She said: “Producing food for our residents makes me more aware of producing not only a balance of good, fresh, healthy food, but also health conditions that may have to be considered when making certain foods.”
Nic added: “Every member of the teams brings something different to the table. A good diet can be the right recipe for good health, happiness and overall well-being.”