The NACC has announced the finalists for its Care Chef of the Year 2021 competition following a series of regional heats.
The chosen chefs were selected based on their nutritional understanding of the foods they are using and how they benefit the needs of their clientele, plus their culinary flair through flavours, menu balance, execution, presentation and best hygiene practice.
The finalists are:
- David Whistler, The Cambridgeshire Care Home, Cambridge
- Matt Knott, Fernhill House, Majesticare, Worcester
- Paul Murray, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York
- Aaron Watson, Primrose Bank Care Home, Poulton-le-Fylde
- Iain Young, Murrayside Care Home, Care UK, Edinburgh
- John Grover, Barchester Care, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen
- David Sharp, Bentley House, Signature Care Homes, Hertford
- Emilio Pascucci, Astbury Manor Care Home, Avery Healthcare, Bracknell
- Patrick Fensterseifer, St Ives House, Ringwood
- Daniel Kavanagh, Green Tree Court, Lexicon Healthcare, Exeter
- Nikki Burridge, Penpergwm House, Abergavenny
- Paul Barry, Sunrise Senior Living, Cardiff
The 12 finalists will now compete in the national final on Wednesday 6th October at the Manor Farm Cookery School in Grantham.
Sue Cawthray, national chair of the NACC, said: “Congratulations to the finalists of the NACC Care Chef of the Year competition 2021! The regional heats were incredibly exciting and the fact that we were once again able to welcome our competitors and judges into the competition kitchens in person was just wonderful.
“The national final is going to be a real celebration of our sector and the exceptional standard of food that care chefs create for their residents and clientele every single day. I cannot wait to watch the action unfold at the live final – it’s going to be a thrilling and uplifting occasion. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck!”
The current Care Chef of the Year is Tim Ware of Green Tree Court in Exeter.