Ground breaking cuisine wins Caring Homes Chefs places in the NACC Care Chef regional finals

Caring Homes are proud to announce that four Chefs based in homes across the country have been named as finalists in the Regional cook-offs for the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020.

During a series of regional heats across Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Surrey and West Sussex, our care chefs will be showcasing their exceptional talent, skills and knowledge in this specialist field of catering to secure a coveted place in the National Final.

With their innovative, tasty two course-course menus, suitable for all residents regardless of their care needs our chefs stood out for their in-depth nutritional understanding of the ingredients used, as well as their aptitude and flair in flavour combinations. Chefs have trained and worked extremely closely with our Chef development team, mentor chefs and residents designing menus that feature many of their favourite foods and involved them in the development of the dishes from choosing the ingredients to preparing and presenting the plates. They are now all preparing to go head to head at their regional heats where they will compete for the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020 title.

Using their creativity and with a total commitment to residents our chefs have undertaken a large amount of research regarding the needs of residents, getting involved in developing their person-centred care plans, learning their likes, dislikes, allergies, preferences, habits, ability, routines and where they prefer to eat. Knowing that these experiences can change over time they develop and offer a larger variety of highly quality nutritious food, well presented.

Steve Harding, Executive Chef for Caring Homes said;

“As Chefs we know that food will need enhancing to compensate for the loss of some of the senses in the person living with dementia. So, we can induce appetite. The more you know about the resident the easier it is to adapt to their needs and expectations.

“The way we think about dementia continues to develop with person centred care – putting the person before the dementia and doing what is best for each individual. We see the person first not the dementia.

“Mealtimes are a big part of everyone’s day and food is a subject that we all love to talk about. People living with dementia are no exception to this. Eating and drinking and dining well is an important part of keeping us all healthy and happy. The way we offer, and design food is essential as well as how and where it is served. The choices that are given make a real difference to those who are eating it. Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact.”

Our chefs have all passed three of Caring Homes Group Dementia training standards ‘Living in my World’ including in house City and Guilds accredited training; ‘My food in my world’, ‘Dysphagia food in my world’ and ‘Serving food in my world’ which has enabled them to understand how food has the potential to positively impact on the lives of residents.

Congratulations to our Chefs at Dan at Galsworthy House, Steve at Abbeycrest, Tom at Mill House and Chris at Broadbridge Park.

We wish them all the very best as they cook their hearts out at their regional heats over the coming weeks.

With a first prize of £600 plus a trophy, a residential delegate place at the NACC Forum 2020 and an opportunity to demo with a 1-year membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs the competition is open to all chefs/cooks in the care sector. It takes place over six months, with the paper judging stage and regional heats culminating in an exciting live national final on 3rd June 2020 where the NACC Care Chef of the Year is crowned. Throughout the process, the expert judges whittle down the competitors to the final twelve as they look for innovation, costing, suitability for the environment, adherence to nutrition guidelines, taste, overall menu balance, presentation and, of course, pure talent.

Designed to challenge care chefs, the competition is no mean feat. They are tasked to create an innovative, tasty two-course menu (main and dessert) suitable for someone in a care setting that clearly demonstrates strong nutritional understanding of the ingredients used, aptitude and flair in flavour combinations, technical execution and presentation. And, they must do it all sticking to a strict budget of no more than £2.25 per head (based on three portions) and in just 90 minutes!

Broadbridge Park

Home Manager

Francesca Keating


Chantry Court,
Old Guildford Road,
Broadbridge Heath,
RH12 3XY

0808 169 8649
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Galsworthy House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Zoe Smith


177 Kingston Hill,
Kingston Upon Thames,

0808 223 5506
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Home Manager

Sonia Da Silva


Essex Way ,
Kennylands Road,
Sonning Common,

0808 223 5350
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely