Chefs working in the care sector will have a chance to showcase their skills in a competition run by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC). The event will include chefs from residential homes and community services competing to win the Care Chef of the Year 2018 award.

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Chefs Put To The Test

The yearly contest is one of the UK’s longest-running, independent recipe competitions and the NACC aims to challenge chefs. Entrants must create a nutritional two-course menu (main and dessert). The food must be suitable for users of various care services. The menu must incorporate a Premier Foods brand included in the entry brochure. The combined cost of the main meal and dessert should be no more than £2.25 per person, based upon three portions.

A panel of professionals will judge paper entries in the first round of the competition. Innovation, taste, menu balance, cost, suitability to environment and compliance with nutrition guidelines will all be factors in deciding which chefs qualify for the regional heats.

The regional heats will take place in March 2018 and contestants will have 90 minutes to complete their dishes. The top two contestants will advance to the final which takes place on 6 June 2018 at Barking & Dagenham Technical Skills Industry. Entries must be submitted by 2nd February 2018.

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Impact On The Care Sector

Growing awareness as to appropriate nutrition and hydration has led to improved standards across the care sector. In locations from London to Leicester catering equipment is central to providing a diverse range of food and beverages. Care providers are turning to reputable suppliers such as to meet the dietary needs of service users.

The competition will contribute significantly to raise the profile of care catering.

Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC highlighted the challenges providers face when catering for individuals in a care environment. Elderly and vulnerable individuals have particular dietary needs and ensuring requirements are met is essential to their overall health and well-being.

The quality of entries has grown each year and 2018 will undoubtedly be an informative and inspiring event. The NACC urges all chefs to enter the competition, test their skills and attempt to win the coveted Care Chef of the Year title.