NACC Care Chef of the Year 2023 finalists announced

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has unveiled the care chefs set to compete in the Care Chef of the Year 2023 final.

At regional heats held across the UK, chefs were tasked creating an appealing, nutritionally balanced, and delicious two-course menu (main and dessert) appropriate for people in a care setting. The combined food cost for both courses was limited to £3.50 per head based on three portions. This year’s lead judge was Steve Munkley, vice president of Craft Guild of Chefs.

The 2023 finalists are:

  • Nigel Cooke – Eastcote Park, Cinnamon Care Collection
  • Alex Millichamp – Chandler Court, Care UK
  • Chris Mattinson – Sycamore Court, Caterplus/Elior
  • Brian Preston – RBL Lister House – Royal British Legion
  • Jessica Vreede – Guthrie House, Four Seasons Health Care
  • Graham Watson – Lauder Lodge, Care UK
  • Kasia Hab-Bialkowska – Highmarket House Care Home, Care UK
  • Chris Mitchley – St. John’s House, Castlemeadow Care
  • Darren Nelson – Trymview Hall Care Home, Care UK
  • Daniel Bree, Hartwood House, Cinnamon Care
  • Alex Connell, Vegetarian for Life
  • David Sharp, Signature for Barnet, Signature Care

Steve Munkley said: “I have been incredibly pleased with the standards I have seen so far. This is a really important competition that shows highlights the skills within the care sector.”

Sue Cawthray, national chair of the NACC, commented: “Congratulations to the finalists of the NACC Care Chef of the Year competition 2023! The calibre of entries for this competition continues to be incredibly high, and we have seen exceptional dishes created and served by chefs across the regional heats. The finalists should be immensely proud of their efforts so far. I know that they will want to impress the judges in October.”

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