THE HEAD chef at a Kirkcaldy care home has cooked up a treat to scoop a prestigious accolade in a national competition.
Alan Innes, who works at Appin House in the town, showcased his culinary skill and talent to receive the Highly Commended Dessert accolade at the grand final of Care Cook of the Year 2013 earlier this month.
Alan was one of just six cooks from the UK care catering sector to make it to the final in the contest which is organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC).
He was shortlisted after winning the Scottish regional heat and he received great praise for his achievement and performance. Alan impressed the expert judges with his knowledge, innovation and tasty menu.
His featured dishes included: Lemon tea salmon, Savoy bubble and squeak, sweet pickle carrots and peppers followed by Mascarpone raspberry mouse twisted.
All entrants were required to devise new and exciting recipes appropriate for a care environment, and create a delicious and nutritionally balanced two-course menu, main and dessert, suitable for services users, and meeting the set budget of no more than £1.30 per head.
Innovation, costing, suitability for the environment, adherence to nutritional guidelines, taste and overall menu balance were the key attributes being looked for by the judges.
Alan, who has worked at the Kirkcaldy care home for 25 years, told the Press he was shocked to win: “I can do starters and main courses but I have never been good at sweets and pastries so couldn’t believe I won the dessert award. To win that was the icing on the cake!” He added: “I enjoy my job - it is a challenge to learn something new every day.”
Karen Oliver, NACC chairman, NACC said: “Our heartfelt congratulations go to Alan. He delivered a fantastic grand final performance and the commendation is truly deserved.”