Frome Nursing Home Celebrates 8 years of a Five Star Kitchen

This week Frome Nursing Home was awarded the maximum five stars in the latest food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency for the eighth year in a row. Head Chef at Frome, Ben Kerslake, is also celebrating 10 years of working in the kitchens at the home, having started as a kitchen assistant back in 2007.

Ben and his team wowed food inspectors from Mendip council on their visit, who left well assured that the services available were of the best possible standard and hygiene was maximised at all times. They focused on the handling and storage of food, the cleanliness and layout of the buildings and the recording of information regarding the food.

Maggie Rhodes, Home Manager, was bursting with pride when she told us: “achieving the five stars again 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, resulting in dining with dignity always.”

Ben first started working for the home 10 years ago, and over the years his passion and ambition have helped him achieve numerous qualifications and awards, and climb the kitchen ranks to the Head Chef position.

Ben said: “I love working here, and the trust I have from the people living here is heart-warming. When preparing the menus I sit and listen, and understand each individuals tastes and nutritional needs. I get to exercise my creative side as well, particularly when using the puree food moulds, where pureed foods are put into specialised moulds 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 whole team at Frome Nursing Home have thanked Ben for his years of brilliant work and look forward to many more meals of five star food.

Frome Nursing Home is located on Styles Hill in the Somerset town of Frome. They provide residential and specialised dementia care for up to 60 individuals. For more information please call 01373 473 113 or email

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