MARGARET Stewart from Methilhaven Care Home has added another award to her collection.
She’s just taken second place in this year’s National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) Care Cook of the Year competition.
At Unilever Food Solution’s innovation centre in Leatherhead, the six finalists had to prepare two well-balanced, nutritional and tasty courses costing no more than £1.60 to produce and that suited the needs of the care sector.
The competition is the longest standing independent recipe competition in the UK and attracts top chefs from across the care catering sector.
Karen Taylor, unit manager at Methilhaven said: “It is great news – we are very proud of her.
“For the final she cooked a main course of salmon with a lemon crust served on a bed of colcannon with a parsley sauce and, for dessert, a chocolate cheesecake with a raspberry coulis which I have to say is amazing!”
This is not the first time Margaret has been acknowledged for her skill. At the end of last year she received Carer of the Year at Kingdom FM’s Local Hero Awards for going above and beyond her job. Her care and kindness to visitors and residents is well kent locally.
Margaret said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was called out and I’m absolutely delighted.”
“The awards are a useful way for us to raise the profile of the hard work and dedication shown each day across Fife from our chefs.”
Derek Johnson, NACC national chair, commented: “The competition continues to expand, and attract a high quality of skilled practitioners working in the care sector. The quality of their finished product would not be out of place in a restaurant. With malnutrition awareness rising, this is a good platform to showcase what can be achieved within budget.