Chris Took is the chef and catering manager of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted.

Chris Took
In 2009 Chris and his team won the National Dignity Council’s Peoples Award for Dignity in Care, recognising how they have transformed mealtimes for hundreds of patients who had lost their appetites and now enjoy eating good food.

“I always make sure I chat to patients to learn about their dietary requirements, likes, dislikes and physical limitations. Choice is the magic ingredient. To me, it is impossible to prepare a plate of food not knowing the patient or the family who are eating it.

"I’m always trying different ideas to improve patients’ quality of life, whether that is developing nutritious smoothies or giving a patient who is reluctant to eat a little of what they fancy.

"I always say food is love. Food is an opportunity to bring patients and families together, whether for a Sunday lunch, a birthday or a special anniversary.”

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