Care home cook rises to the challenge to claim award for baking

Care home cook rises to the challenge to claim award for baking

Leanne Cape, Head Cook at Maes-y-Dderwen care home in Tredegar, has been selected from more than 4,600 staff across the UK to receive an award for her work in the kitchen.

Leanne was presented with the award for ‘Star Baker’ – sponsored by Brakes – at Shaw healthcare’s annual Shaw Star Awards. The panel of judges selected three finalists – all of whom were nominated by their peers – who excel in catering, presentation and meeting the needs of each individual to create an enjoyable dining experience.

Those shortlisted were asked to make a gluten-free, vegetable-based cake and either a fruit couronne or a selection of biscotti biscuits, which were then judged by a panel on the evening. The judges felt that both bakes by Leanne were exceptionally well presented and the taste did not disappoint. While the standard of all entries was very high, they felt Leanne’s had that something extra special.

Nick Stevens, Leanne’s manager, said: “Leanne has risen to the challenge of running the kitchen on her own at Maes-y-Dderwen and has improved communication with those receiving the service. She is passionate about great meals and tailors her service to the individual and focuses very much on person-centred care.”

Leanne said: “I am really motivated by making food that people enjoy and encourage them to try new foods. Being in a care setting, I’ve also developed a niche for understanding people’s conditions and how it affects their diet. I also love to travel and try to incorporate all of the different flavours into my cooking.”

Leanne was recognised alongside other award winners as more than 200 people gathered at The Forest of Arden Hotel in Birmingham for Shaw healthcare’s annual awards ceremony, which aims to celebrate the achievements of outstanding staff members from amongst the 4,600 care workers across Shaw’s 80 UK facilities.

Jeremy Nixey, Chief Executive of Shaw healthcare, said: “The Shaw Star Awards is an event that celebrates and acknowledges everything that is great about the care industry; the compassion, the empathy and the camaraderie, but above all else, the ability to make a positive difference to the lives of others. A lot has changed in the sector over the last 10 years, but one constant is the need for great people and Shaw is fortunate to have so many in its ranks.

“Those shortlisted, alongside the winners of each category, can feel very proud in the knowledge that nominations are submitted by fellow colleagues, those who use our services and their families and we want to say a big ‘well done’ to them all for going the extra mile.”

Shaw healthcare provides care to individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living arrangements, extra care schemes and domiciliary care settings.

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