The winners of the 2019 Care Home Catering Awards were announced on Monday 18th November at the Care Home and Hospital Catering Forum, which took place at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.
The quality of the entries was incredibly high this year and, before announcing the winners, Jamie Robbins, managing director at H2O Publishing, commended all the finalists and said that they should be proud to have got so far.
Here’s what the judges had to say about the winners.
Independent Care Home Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Tetley:
Linda Davies, Thurlaston Meadows Care Home
“As catering manager at Thurlaston Meadows, Linda works with her team daily to stay true to her motto – ‘Happiness is Homemade’ – by cooking everything from scratch with locally sourced products. The kitchen is situated in the centre of the home so that everyone can appreciate the delicious aromas of home baking. Linda loves involving the residents in baking days, taster mornings and afternoon teas, and at mealtimes everyone stops what they are doing and the staff come together with the residents to eat, chat, sing and laugh.”
Group Care Home Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Kenco:
“HCC Care introduced the new role of catering support officer to raise the standards of catering across the group. In that role, Anne Dudley has worked tirelessly to create better relationships between catering and care teams to improve the dining experience for residents, organised the group’s first catering conference which brought everyone together to share the HCC Care vision, and increased career development opportunities for staff. Anne has been instrumental in achieving refurbishments for the group’s most out of date kitchens and also in the purchase of greener, more efficient cooking equipment, resulting in better value for the county and better quality for the service users.”
Care Home Catering Team of the Year:
“The members of the catering team work closely together to give residents maximum satisfaction at mealtimes and the chance to have their say when it comes to the menu. The home has implemented a Champions system to ensure information is shared between different departments; the Catering Champions comprise a chef and a care giver, who regularly meet to discuss the residents’ needs so that the kitchen can immediately take steps if, for example, a resident is losing weight due to illness or lack of appetite. The team regularly cater for parties, theme days and charity events which bring together the whole of the local community.”
Chef of the Year, sponsored by Kerrymaid:
Adriano Carvalho, Sunrise and Gracewell
“Adriano is an enthusiastic and innovative chef who is passionate about creating a quality dining experience for his residents. He makes sure he and his team not only prepare the meals but are present in the dining room to serve the food and join the residents for a chat. This is not only a great way to gain feedback but also for him to get to know the residents and hear about their life experiences and memories, which inspire his menus. Adriano is a master when it comes to texture modified food for those with dysphagia: his beautifully presented meals and snacks look just like ‘the real thing’.”
Above & Beyond Award:
Luke Webb, Mill House Care Home
“This young man is the epitome of someone who goes above & beyond, making a difference to his residents’ lives every day. Just 19 at the time of the nomination, he has a wonderfully kind and caring attitude that shines through in everything he does. He is passionate about the residents’ wellbeing and loves involving them in choices and activities to do with food and hydration. If anyone needs extra fluids or a boost to encourage them to eat, Luke makes it his mission to find out exactly what they would like and turns it into a fun mini activity.”
The winners each received a trophy and certificate. Keep an eye on Care Home Catering to see when nominations are open for the 2020 awards!