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Avery Head Chef Wins Prestigious NACC Regional Final

Head Chef at Hawthorns Care Home, Aldridge, Martin McKee has scooped the prestigious NACC Care Chef of the Year award for the Midlands Region for an incredible fourth consecutive year.

Martin’s exceptional dishes of a pan-seared cod main course and white chocolate thyme and vanilla mousse dessert saw him win through to compete at the June NACC National Finals. A remarkable achievement in view of the high standards required in this prestigious competition.

Martin McKee NACC 2019 Midlands Finals Head Chef Hawthorns Aldridge Care Home Simon Lawrence culinary

Head of Culinary for Avery, Simon Lawrence, commented: “We work hard at Avery to develop and raise the profile of our chefs and embed the specific culinary skills, knowledge, innovation and flair required to succeed in the sector. Martin has delivered fantastically on all this, congratulations!”

The National Chef of the year culinary competition organised by the National Association of Care Catering is open to all chefs and cooks in the care sector and sets out to identify and recognise the very best. Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC, says: “Congratulations to the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 finalists. The calibre of the chefs competing in the regional heats was exceptional, so to reach the national final is an incredible achievement.”

The competition takes place over a six months period, with regional heats culminating in a live national final in June where the NACC Care Chef of the Year is crowned.  Throughout the heats, expert judges whittle down the competitors to the final twelve as they look for innovation, taste, overall menu balance, cost control, suitability for the care environment, adherence to nutrition guidelines, presentation and a flash of talent. Last year, Martin placed second in the National Finals, so we have our fingers crossed that 2019 is his lucky year!


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