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Care Home Chef Caters for his Former College Lecturers’ Silver Wedding Anniversary

There was a special 25th wedding anniversary surprise for Alan Williamson, a resident at Hartford Court in Portsmouth, and his wife Judith.

Cooking and preparing their anniversary lunch was Hartford Court’s Head Chef, Steve Pakiry, who was taught by both Alan and Judith at Highbury College in Cosham, Portsmouth, in 1974.

Their anniversary lunch comprised canapes and champagne for starters, followed by a main course of salmon fillet with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes, with profiteroles and cream, berries and chocolate ganache for dessert, rounded off with tea, coffee and mints.

Steve came to the UK from Mauritius in 1974. He went to Highbury College Portsmouth where Alan was the pastry chef lecturer and Judith the front of house service lecturer.

Steve says: “It was an absolute joy to be able to cook for Alan and Judith on their Silver Wedding. I hope they enjoyed their anniversary lunch. They were so helpful to me when I first started my catering career here in the UK and this was the least I could do to repay them for their help and support when I was training.”

Hartford Court is one of the 16 care homes located across the south of England operated by Hartford Care, part of a family-owned business, established more than a century ago in 1908.

The company is governed by its core principles of care, comfort and companionship in an environment that is safe and happy for all.