21 September 2019 – Care UK
A commitment to dignity, choice and great food sees double Care UK shortlisting.
Two Care UK teams have been shortlisted for National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Awards for their commitment to ensuring care home residents have dignity, choice and great food.
The Hospitality Team, led by Food and Services Director Jon Bicknell, has been shortlisted for the Catering Team of the Year award, while the kitchen team at Ferndown Manor, in Dorset, has been shortlisted in the Care Establishment of the Year category.
Jon said: “I am delighted that both teams have reached the finals. Care UK has invested heavily in equipment, training and excellent produce, ensuring residents have food that not only looks and tastes as one would expect from fine dining, but that also has the nutritional content to enhance their health and wellbeing.
“We have also worked with academics at Anglia Ruskin University to better understand the broader nutritional needs of older people, taking into account factors such as glycaemic loading and digestible carbohydrates.”
The Anglia Ruskin research has also contributed to the teams’ commitment to healthy, active snacking.
Along with suppliers, the Hospitality Team has created a series of masterclasses for chefs in order to further enhance their skills and maximise their creativity. Masterclasses have included butchery, taste-layering, seafood, modified diets and chocolate work.
The proof of the strategy can be seen in the kitchen at Ferndown Manor, where Head Chef Scott Moore manages a flexible menu, designed to maximise the dining options open to the home’s residents.
The winner of this year’s NACC awards will be announced at the National Training & Development Forum, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on 10.10.2019.