Winchester chef prepares for national final of Care Chef of the Year 2017 competition

David Higgins from Winchester has successfully made it to the final stage of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Care Chef of the Year 2017 competition and is now preparing to compete for the title at the national final on Wednesday 7 June.

The chef at The Brendoncare Foundation beat stiff competition at the South West regional heat of the prestigious culinary competition, impressing the judges with his exceptional knowledge, talent and flair in the specialist field of care catering to secure his place in the final.

David produced his innovative, mouth-watering menu of Cullen skink followed by a dessert of beetroot and chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce live in front of a panel of expert judges and stood out for his nutritional understanding of the foods being used, as well as his culinary flair in flavours, execution and presentation.

On Wednesday 7 June 2017 David will travel to Barking & Dagenham College’s Technical Skills Academy in East London to compete against 11 other brilliant care chefs from across the UK for the coveted title of NACC Care Chef of the Year 2017.

Organised by the National Association of Care Catering, the Care Chef of the Year competition spotlights the care catering sector and the talented, qualified chefs operating within it. Entrants are challenged to create a nutritionally-balanced, two-course menu (main and dessert) that is suitable for service users in a care setting. The combined food cost for both courses must be no more that £2.25 per head based on four portions and it is to be produced in just 90 minutes.

Neel Radia, national chair, NACC, comments: “The NACC Care Chef of the Year competition is a fantastic platform to showcase the incredible skills and knowledge of chefs working in the care sector.  From ensuring meals are nutritionally balanced and beneficial, through to catering for individual needs such as special diets, cultural requirements, reduced appetites and eating difficulties caused by conditions such as dementia and dysphagia, there is an awful lot to consider when creating delicious, appealing menus. The competitors in the regional heats demonstrated the highest standards of excellence and understanding of this specialist area of catering.  Congratulations to David on his success in the competition so far. I wish him all the very best of luck for the national final, it’s going to be a closely fought and exciting event.” 

As well as the esteemed title of NACC Care Chef of the Year 2017, the overall winner will claim a superb prize package and trophy.

For more information on the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2017 competition visit www.thenacc.co.uk

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