Chef of the Year competition
Showcasing culinary excellence
The Anchor Chef of the Year competition is a chance for chefs from across the organisation to show off the culinary excellence and flair they deliver to our residents on a daily basis, and be rewarded and recognised by Anchor for it.
To enter the competition chefs need to design a two course menu that captures the imagination. Entries are judged on the following criteria:
- Presentation and visual appeal
- Resident involvement in menu selection
- Originality and creativity
- Skill and ability demonstrated
The best entries go through to a Grand Final live cooking event where finalists have to produce their menu within two hours for a panel of judges.
The winner is crowned Anchor’s Chef of the Year, and their award winning dishes form the Anchor Chef Special suggestion on the Autumn / Winter menu across all our care homes – giving all our residents the chance to sample the winning meal from the competition.
Chef of the Year 2019
The competition is now in its third year, with the 2019 grand final being held at the College of Food at University College Birmingham on 5 September 2019.
Eight finalists will compete under timed conditions, producing some stunning dishes.
The 2019 finalists are:
- Alan Bulmer – Palmersdene
- Bethany Taylor – Ferendune Court
- Connor Sackers – Heyberry House
- Emma Mardy – Lightbowne Hall
- Jamal Batioui – Limegrove
- Nathan Hateley – Bloomfield Court
- Neil Furniss – Heathervale
- Philip Cartmel – Kimberley Court
Well done to all the finalists for making it this far - we're excited to see who comes out on top!
Chef of the Year 2018
The 2018 grand final was held on 4 September 2018. Eight finalists competed under timed conditions, producing some stunning dishes.
The winners were:
Watch the final of Anchor's Chef of the Year 2018 competition
Chef of the Year 2017
The first Chef of the Year competition was held in 2017, watch our video to find out why Anchor launched this innovative way of recognising the talent among our care home chefs.
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