A talented Sanctuary Care chef got taste buds tingling at an annual Chef of the Year Competition.
Marcella Field, chef manager at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Yarnton, Oxfordshire, went head to head with seven colleagues from across the organisation in a 90-minute cook-off to win the final of Sanctuary Care’s Chef of the Year Competition.
Marcella dished up a mouth-watering menu of lamb cooked two ways – a miniature shepherd’s pie and pan-fried lamb cutlet - with dauphinoise potatoes, baby vegetables and a red current jus. Marcella’s prizewinning dessert was a tarte au citron finished off with summer fruit coulis and an artistic chocolate decoration.
On winning first place, Marcella said: “I am overwhelmed to have won the competition this year as the standard of entries has been really high.
“I think it is so important to have competitions like this, not only to showcase our creative flair, but also to help break the taboo of care catering. The teams at Sanctuary Care’s homes work hard to make nutritious, high quality food for our residents and it’s a joy to see the enjoyment they get from the dishes we prepare.”
Chef of the Year
The competition, which was sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions and held at their head office in Surrey, has been running for six years and is open to cooks and chefs from Sanctuary Care’s homes across the country.
Entrants were tasked with creating a main course and dessert which would be suitable for people in a care setting. Their dishes were judged on innovation, nutrition, balance and of course taste.
Who were the judges?
The panel of judges comprised Mark McCarthy, Sanctuary Care’s Managing Director, Tom Parramore, Sanctuary Care’s Regional Director, Cathy Amos, business manager for health care at Brakes’ Brothers and Paul Wright.
Unilever’s Food Solutions’ culinary development chef and top judge, Paul Wright, continued: “It was a privilege to judge Sanctuary Care’s competition. I’m thrilled to be part of an event that encourages and supports great culinary standards, as ultimately they help more people thrive in care.”
Marcella’s top three tips
Concluding with her top three tips for aspiring cooks in the catering field, Marcella said: “My cooking always comes from the heart – my three tips for anyone who works with food is to be passionate, put 110% into everything you do and to think about how you would like to see a plate of food for the first time!”