The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) announced the winners of the 2018 NACC Awards at a gala dinner last night (4th October).
The innovation, achievements and dedication of teams and individuals that make an exceptional contribution in the specialist field of care catering were rewarded and celebrated by the association’s members, industry partners and guests at the awards dinner held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
The 2018 winners are:
Care Establishment of the Year: Primrose Bank Care Home
Meals on Wheels Award: Harrogate Food Angels, Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association Ltd.
Catering Team of the Year Award: Catering Team, Avery Lodge, Brighterkind
Catering Manager of the Year Awards: Jane Parke, County Enterprise Foods, Nottinghamshire County Council
Our Care Catering Hero Award: Debbie Wright, Cook-in-Charge for Norse Catering, Munhaven Care Home
Region of the Year: Northern Region
Pam Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Award: Mark Taylor
Chairman’s Award 2018: David Barker
Neel Radia also presented three dedicated NACC members with Honorary Membership of the NACC for their longstanding and outstanding services to the association. The three worthy recipients were Roger Kellow, Sue Hawkins and Vivien Rose.
Neel Radia, the NACC’s national chair, said: “What a night! Huge congratulations to all our winners. Everyone knows that the NACC Awards are a personal highlight of the year for me. It’s such an honour to recognise the exceptional work that takes place in care catering across the UK every day. All our finalists are inspirational, and we have a huge amount of respect for them.
“Catering for the vulnerable and elderly, who can have a wide range of special dietary and dining needs, requires specialist knowledge and skills, and carries immense responsibility. And, for caterers impacted by the ongoing squeeze on social care budgets, it’s even more challenging. It’s heartening and humbling to see that care catering professionals work tirelessly to overcome the challenges and continually raise standards of excellence, with their sights always on the health and wellbeing of those that matter the most; the people entrusted to their care. It’s therefore right that their unwavering dedication is celebrated for all to see. They are fantastic ambassadors for the NACC and the care catering sector.”