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Two wins for Avery at the Vegetarian for Life Awards

Avery Healthcare is delighted to announce that three of its chefs have recently been recognised for their hard work in the 2019 Finals for the Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering. The finals were held at the Houses of Parliament on 17th October. The purpose of the Vegetarian for Life awards ceremony is to celebrate excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering.

Vegetarian for Life which launched in 2008 is an organisation which promotes personal choice, and that no-one should be forced to give up on their dietary preferences or needs just because they are older or going in to care.

Avery staff had an amazing afternoon celebrating the wins.

Champa Misty, Vegetarian Chef at Birchwood Grange Care Home, Harrow won the coveted title Vegetarian Chef of the Year. Birchwood Grange is pleased to have one of the only Vegetarian Care Culinary Departments in the whole country.

Birchwood Grange Care Home Champa Mistry

Phil Meyer from Pemberley House Care Home in Basingstoke came away with the most Innovative Vegetarian/Vegan Dish of the Year and also runner up in Vegetarian Chef of the Year awards. His dish was a lemon and white chocolate mousse tart with a strawberry puree and curled coconut double cream.

Pemberley House Care Home Phil Meyer

Juan Lopez, also from Birchwood Grange, was the runner up for The Beulah Charity Trust Special Recognition Award. This award is for that special someone who strives to make the UK a better place for older vegans and vegetarians. This could be a volunteer, a resident, a staff member or anyone pursuing this objective.

Birchwood Grange Care Home Juan Lopez

Group Culinary Manager, Simon Lawrence attended the awards with his team and was pleased with the result. He said: “Avery was thrilled to have three finalists in a national final, it was an amazing accolade but to have won two of the awards speaks volumes about the care and passion these chefs have at ensuring vegetarians get great choice, variety and balance. We want to say to a huge thank you to the charity Vegetarian for Life and especially Amanda Woodvine and Kieran Whitehouse for developing such an innovative national competition and hosting the event at such a prestigious location.”

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