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 from the 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
Held on the 5 September 2019 at the College of Food at University College Birmingham, the competition is now in its third year. Eight finalists competed under timed conditions, producing some stunning and delicious dishes.
The 2019 finalists were:
- Alan Bulmer – Palmersdene
- Connor Sackers – Heyberry House
- Emma Mardy – Lightbowne Hall
- Jamal Batioui – Limegrove
- Nathan Hateley – Bloomfield Court
- Neil Furniss – Heathervale
- Philip Cartmel – Kimberley Court
After a close competition, the winner was Connor Sackers from Heyberry House. Connor produced an outstanding menu, with the overall taste and visual presentation impressing the judges.
Watch the final of Anchor’s Chef of the Year 2019 competition
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 we launched this innovative way of recognising the talent among our care home chefs.
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