As part of its ongoing commitment to support the healthcare channel, Premier Foods has teamed its ‘nation’s favourite’ gravy brand, Bisto, with the wholesale group Country Range Group to find the Bisto Care Chef of the Year.
The shortlist of five finalists who will be competing against each other for a grand prize of £1,000 for their care home and a £250 John Lewis voucher for themselves is as follows: Sheila Wallen from Ramping Cat Nursing Home, Burford, Anas Alsaadi from Coopers Croft Care Home, Potters Bar, Susan Davidson from Dunlady Nursing Home, Belfast, Carl Weston from Cuffley Manor, Potters Bar and Alexios-Michail Kyriakou from Enstone Care Home, Chipping Norton.
The competition final, taking place on 12th September at Premier Foods’ head office in St Albans, will see the finalists prepare and cook three portions of their chosen main meal and dessert within a 90-minute time frame. Each caterer must include a Bisto product within their main dish and a Country Range product in their dessert dish, and the total budget for the two dishes should not exceed £2.25. Judging the dishes will be Mark Rigby, Executive Chef at Premier Foods, Preston Walker, Chef at Oak House Residential Home in Rutland and Emma Holden, Marketing Coordinator for the Country Range Group.
Sarah Robb, Channel Marketing Manager at Premier Foods, says: “We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the Country Range Group to deliver the inaugural Bisto Care Chef competition. It’s a great way of showcasing and celebrating some of the culinary work which caterers across the UK do in care homes. It’s so important to provide nutritious meals which are cost effective but don’t compromise on quality or taste to care home residents. I think our five finalists really have what it takes to do just this and I wish them all the very best of luck.”