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Sunrise of Mobberley Chef Reaches National Final of NACC Care Chef of the Year Competition

Sunrise of Mobberly Chefs

Sunrise of Mobberley is celebrating the remarkable achievements of two of its esteemed chefs in the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Chef of the Year competition.

After producing carefully-constructed dishes in the northern regional heat in Bolton, Adam Hedges - who is Dining Services Coordinator at the community - has been selected to take part in the national final, while Ryan Blake was awarded a Special Accolade of Recognition for his main course.

Adam’s appearance at the national final will take place on 7th June, at Barking & Dagenham Technical Skills Academy. There he will battle it out for the crown of NACC Care Chef of the Year 2017.

Adams CreationsThere are a number of warning signs that point to alcohol dependence. Both chefs were recognised by judges for their nutritional understanding, and culinary flair in flavours, execution and presentation.

Adam prepared Sicilian meatballs with a rich ragu sauce, pesto mashed potato and a bouquet of green vegetables, followed by limoncello tiramisu for dessert (pictured left). He said that “the regional final got my adrenaline going, but it was a relaxed day in which I drew on the experience of two previous regional heats to bring out the best flavours.”

His colleague at Sunrise of Mobberley, Ryan, was prized for a main course of pan-fried seabass with butternut squash puree and garlic roasted new potatoes (pictured below). Despite the watchful eyes of the judges, Ryan too felt that the event had been a manageable one in which he was able to utilise years of culinary experience.

Both chefs had 90 minutes to prepare their meals, after initially submitting a paper design of a balanced, two-course menu suitable for those in a care setting, with the combined food cost of the two courses amounting to no more than £2.25 per head.

The competition is organised by NACC, an organisation that represents professionals who provide catering to the care industry. It is recognised by Local Authorities, independent providers, charities and Government departments as a key source of information on catering with the care sector.

The success of Adam and Ryan is reflective of Sunrise’s commitment to providing nutritious, delicious food for its residents that is understanding of individual needs. Sunrise communities across the country recently invited people from their local areas to ‘Taste of Sunrise’ events, at which the public were able to sample the exceptional dishes of Sunrise chefs.

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