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Meet the Nellsar Catering Team

From our Chefs and Head Chefs to our Kitchen and Dining Assistants, meet the people who make up our amazing Catering Teams across our 13 Care Homes. Lead by Adrian Silaghi (Head of Catering Services) they are all committed to providing the highest standards of food and dining for our residents. Our teams work together to ensure all of our residents’ nutrition, hydration and special dietary requirements are met, with a variety of delicious meals and snacks every day.
Adrian Silaghi - Head of Catering Services

Adrian Silaghi

Head of Catering Services

Adrian began working in the catering industry in 2010 and first joined Nellsar as Head Chef for Princess Christian Care Home in 2015. Now as Head of Catering Services, Adrian leads by example and shares his passion for care catering across our 13 Homes. Adrian cites empathy as one of the most important qualities to have to be a successful Chef in the care industry, and his creativity and drive make him a very inspiring leader. Adrian constantly strives to raise the standards of Nellsar’s catering provision including what we offer residents with special dietary requirements, and he is renowned for his skills in soft and puréed food presentation.
Kay Smith, Head Chef, Hengist Field Care Home

Kay Smith

Head Chef, Hengist Field Care Home

Kay joined the team at Hengist Field Care Home in 2011 and her journey is one of real inspiration. Beginning as a Care Assistant, Kay progressed to a Senior Carer and then Kitchen Assistant; after two years’ training she became the Head Chef and Kitchen Manager in 2018. Working alongside Adrian Silaghi, Kay is concentrating on developing her staff in order to maintain their superior catering provision. Passionate about developing menus tailored to suit her residents’ clinical needs and personal likes and dislikes, Kay also loves to enhance their dining experience – whether that be with calm, social dining or eating alone in the privacy of their own room.
Johnny Dawson - Chef, Hengist Field Care Home

Johnny Dawson

Chef, Hengist Field Care Home

Chef Johnny has been a valuable part of the Nellsar Catering team since 2007 when he first worked as a Chef at Lukestone Care Home in Maidstone, and then Head Chef Abbotsleigh Care Home in Staplehurst. Johnny moved to Hengist Field – our flagship Home in Sittingbourne – in 2018, where he is seen as a role model by his Kitchen team and by others in the Home. A keen fisherman in his spare time, Chef Johnny remains an inspiration to other Chefs in the Nellsar Group with his professionalism and passion. Chef Johnny strives to consistently improve on both the food quality and its presentation, and catering for any residents with special dietary requirements.
Cosmin Cristea - Head Chef, Princess Christian Care Home

Cosmin Cristea

Head Chef, Princess Christian Care Home

Chef Cosmin began working at Princess Christian in 2015, and his inimitable motivation drives him to consistently develop himself both personally and professionally. Originally from Romania, Cosmin also speaks English and Spanish. He began working under the expert tuition of Adrian Silaghi (Head of Catering Services) before being promoted to Head Chef. He is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of food service, leading and nurturing a team of Kitchen staff, while ensuring residents are content and enjoying a nutritious, varied diet. Cosmin is studying Management and Leadership; his hard-working nature and strong desire to learn and progress are what makes him such as asset to our team.
Cristian Pitic - Chef Assistant, Princess Christian Care Home

Cristian Pitic

Chef Assistant, Princess Christian Care Home

Since joining the Princess Christian Kitchen Team in 2018 as a Kitchen Porter with no previous catering experience, Cristian achieved a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health and was promoted to Kitchen Assistant. After progressing to Chef Assistant, Cristian enrolled on a Production Chef NVQ course in 2019 and will become a qualified Chef in 2020. A keen gym-goer, Cristian is very disciplined and driven; his ambition to develop his skills and his perfectionist nature make him an outstanding team member. Cristian is a great support to Head Chef Cosmin Cristea and he works on residents’ individual menu plans, along with our Dining Room Assistants.
Andrew Maclean Head Chef, St Winifreds Care Home

Andrew Maclean

Head Chef, St Winifreds Care Home

Andrew joined St Winifreds as their Head Chef in November 2020. Having started his career washing up in university campus kitchen in the early 90s, he passed a college course and became an Apprentice Chef. Andrew was once a Tapas Bar Chef, a Canapé Chef, and while working in corporate and private event catering, he cooked for Princess Margaret and Desmond Tutu. Adding a touch of finesse to the plate, he thinks food and dining should be fun and exciting as well as tasty and nutritious; Andrew believes mealtimes are the focal point of each day and he is passionate about showing his kitchen team how to pack flavour into each dish.

Nellsar has 13 Care Homes throughout Kent, Surrey and Essex

Care Home in Bromley

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home in Maidstone

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Care Home in Dartford

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal, Kent

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home Surrey

Princess Christian Care Home
SURREY

Silverpoint Court Residential
Care Home ESSEX

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Care Home in Bromley

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

The Old Downs Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal Kent

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home
WOKING

Silverpoint Court Residential Care Home
CANVEY ISLAND