Celebrity chef, Jo Wheatley recently visited Hallmark Care Home, Admiral Court in Essex, to bake with the residents and share culinary advice with the care team.
The British Bake Off star, best known for winning the hit BBC show in 2011, visited residents at the specialist dementia and nursing facility, after the home won the Gingerbread Challenge organised by Unilever Food Solutions earlier this year.
As part of the care homes prize, Jo Wheatley spent the day decorating cupcakes with residents and gave a live demo with a royal birthday theme, marking the launch of Unilever’s Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge.
Jo Wheatley said: “It was such a privilege to work with the team at Admiral Court following their success in the Gingerbread challenge. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of the residents and how involved they got in my demos. It was great to see them sharing time with their families and doing something fun that they all got involved in.”
Sarah Savidge, lifestyles leader at Admiral Court said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the activities taking place at the home and it was so nice to see everyone smiling and laughing together over tea and cakes. New friendships and relationships have been made and the residents and our catering team have come away feeling inspired and excited to bake.”
Former baker and Admiral Court resident Cyril Martin, 91 said: “I had a very enjoyable afternoon watching Jo cook and seeing the finished result.
“You realise what can be done with a bit of thought and imagination.”
Further details of Unilever Food Solutions Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge where you can be in with a chance to win five tickets to a National Trust venue of your choice can be found here:https://www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk/menu-support/elderly-care/novelty-cake-challenge.html