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Simon Lawrence Finalist in NACC Awards 2018

Avery Healthcare is delighted to be able to announce that it’s star Group Culinary Manager, Simon Lawrence, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Awards for 2018.

Simon Lawrence finalist NACC kitchen culinary catering

As the Group Culinary Manager for Avery, Simon is responsible for the overall culinary experience delivered by all the chefs across all Avery homes. Davesh Kumar, Head of Hotel Services for Avery commented; “Simon made himself a clear candidate to be nominated for the NACC’s Catering Manager of the Year through his dedication, expertise, leadership and culinary innovation. Highly respected within Avery for his significant contribution towards raising culinary standards and supporting resident well-being, Simon was a recent recipient of the coveted Managing Director’s award, which recognises those who go the extra mile and make a difference to the lives of both residents and colleagues alike.”

Simon leads a team of over 60 head chefs and regional support chefs, and has delivered culinary initiatives such as Hydration Drinks menus, Dysphagia menus and Cooking for Vegetarians workshops. In addition a major initiative called Food For Thought majored on alfresco dining during the summer, to broaden the resident experience on eating outdoors, growing vegetables and herbs in the gardens for use in the cooking, all linked to the company’s Nature & Nurture theme. All these initiatives supported the main Avery dining concept in mind to provide nutritious, seasonal, thoughtful and nourishing food for its residents.

For over 30 years, the NACC has been committed to raising standards of care catering and championing the positive impact nutrition, hydration and mealtimes have on the physical and emotional health and well-being of those in care settings. The NACC believes that everyone has a right to receive good food and drink that reflects their individual nutritional, cultural, physical and emotional needs. Through its inclusive programme of regional and national events, training, campaigning, research and guidance documents it provides valuable support, information and advice to care caterers to help them achieve this. It also offers a valuable platform for like-minded professionals to connect and share ideas and best practice.

To be recognised by the main sector catering body and be shortlisted as a finalist is a significant achievement. We all wish you all the best of luck for the event in October Simon!