As a hospital contract food services company, we know that many hospitals are transitioning from frozen and prepackaged foods to those that are fresher and healthier for patients. In fact, the entire nation is focusing more on fresh, organic, healthier foods to feed their families. Understandably, it’s a big move from “heating up” frozen foods and those that are prepackaged to actually preparing healthy, tasty meals for patients. What are the biggest challenges for many hospitals?
Current staff. When you think about it, most staff in hospital kitchens are trained in “heating up” foods that are already prepared. How can they transition from heating up ready-to-eat foods to cooking real, fresh, healthy meals?
The biggest challenge for most facilities is giving staff the culinary and cooking skills they need. While staff may be a bit disconcerted at first about preparing healthy meals consisting of fresh ingredients, most welcome an opportunity to grow their skills and find out what they’re truly capable of. Imagine someone who is conditioned to heating up frozen or prepackaged foods learning how to be more creative and increasing his/her confidence in preparing delicious, healthy meals. It can quickly become a passion!
In some circumstances it becomes necessary to reconfigure the kitchen. When preparing fresh, healthy meals in a hospital environment it can become quite involved. Fresh ingredients require ample refrigerator space, and many facilities have freezers for prepackaged or frozen foods that now only take up critical space that could be utilized in preparing fresh meals. When preparing healthy meals that don’t consist of foods that are simply “warmed up,” hospitals must consider an efficient layout, surface space, even the culinary tools essential to preparing fresh foods. Ultimately, the proper spaces, tools, and even appliances are critical for the efficient flow of food production.
Patients don’t typically know what goes on “behind the scenes” in a hospital environment, however they do desire and deserve meals that are not only delicious, but healthy and fresh. At Gourmet Services Inc., our business is contract food service management and helping you transition to a tastier, healthier way of life. Providing excellence in foodservice for more than 40 years, we believe in quality, service, and exceptional meals for the clients we provide our services to.