12:27 PM 29th October 2020
Harrogate Chef Wins Care Home Chef Of The Year Award
A local care home chef has won first place in a national competition for care home chef of the year.
Paul receiving his award from Anchor Hanover’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft and Managing Director of Care Services, Mark Greaves.
Paul Richardson Mackie, working at Anchor’s Manor House care home on Cornwall Road in Harrogate, was announced the winner of the Anchor Hanover Chef of the Year Award on Friday 23 October.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic meant that there could be no in person competition this year, Anchor Hanover ’s prestigious Chef of the Year Award was held through online submissions in the form of videos and photos of cuisine put forward by care home chefs across England.
The competition was fierce, but Paul took first place among three finalists. The other finalists were Lukasz Maciejewski from The Ridings care home in Banbury, who took third place and Matthew Mackay from Ridgemount Banstead in Surrey taking second. Joan Richards, Chef Manager of Waterside care home in London, won the Outstanding Achievement Award.
All entrants had their submissions voted for by Anchor Hanover colleagues across the country and the finalists were selected on the inventiveness of their cooking and the inclusion of residents in the creation of their menus.
Richard Herne, Anchor Hanover’s Catering Manager, said:
“Congratulations to Joan, Lukasz, Matthew and Paul for their achievement, they were certainly the best out of some very stiff competition. I’d also like to say thank you to all the nominees this year for their dedication and hard work. Anchor prides itself on our culinary standards and this year was no exception.
“Given current circumstances it is wonderful that we managed to have a competition at all but full credit to the entrants for coming up with the goods!”
Paul was very pleased with his win, saying:
“I’m delighted to have won, I saw a lot of the entries and honestly they all looked wonderful I’m astonished that I even placed among the finalists! I’ve always prided myself on working with my residents when it comes to my menus so a lot of the credit should maybe also go to them!
“It was a bit strange entering a catering competition and not actually being able to serve any food to the judges, but it was a fun experience and I’m happy people liked the look of my cooking at the very least.”