Orchard launches chef of the year initiative

Orchard Care Homes are launching their own chef of the year competition from more than 80 care homes. The winner will be crowned in a Masterchef-style grand final in October.

The competition is open to all cooks and chefs within the group. They are being asked to prepare and present a two-course meal, together with supporting information and photographs, from within the home’s resident daily food budget. Entries will be judged on presentation, taste, texture, imagination and culinary skills demonstrated.

The aim is to showcase some of the impressive culinary talent and creativity that exists in care homes.

Andy Savage

Andy Savage

Andy Savage, food and beverage manager, said: “I have seen some impressive creative and technical skills coming out of the kitchens of our homes, and this is an opportunity for our kitchen staff to demonstrate this, and receive a prestigious accolade for their efforts.

“The standard of the mealtime experience in many of our homes is exceptionally high, and this is another initiative we have launched that aims to regulate this level across all of our homes. I’m really excited about the process and seeing what our chefs can produce.”

Neel Radia, national chair of the National Association of Care Catering, said:  “The NACC is committed to championing excellence in care catering and raising awareness of the fantastic job chefs in the sector do on a daily basis. It is therefore an honour to be part of Orchard Care Homes’ Chef of the Year initiative that recognises culinary talent within the organisation. I very much look forward to seeing and tasting what the chefs create in the final.”

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