Parkhaven Trust Chef, Paul Dunne has won the prestigious Chef of the Year Award in the 2022 Care Home and Hospital Catering Awards.
Judges had a difficult time whittling down the entries for this year’s awards, with nominations praising talented chefs and committed colleagues coming in from across the country.
Paul Dunne said; “I’m absolutely delighted to have won the award! The team and I work hard to provide a range of nutritious meals for our service users. We regularly use special days such as birthdays and anniversaries as well as themed days such as Pancake Day, fish and chip supper days and Halloween as an excuse to cook special themed meals and make mealtime extra special.
We love having these themed ‘party’ mealtimes and creating a family atmosphere, this all adds to our service user’s quality of life. We create a ‘buzz’ around mealtimes which helps encourage those with low appetites who need to eat more, to engage, join in and better enjoy their food. I find my work hugely rewarding.
Being honoured with this award is a great achievement which I’m taking on behalf of our amazing team at Parkhaven Trust.”
Kim Crowe Chief Executive at Parkhaven Trust said; “I’m thrilled that Paul has been recognised at a national level for his amazing work. Paul and the rest of the catering team work very hard to provide the very best wholesome, healthy foods for our service users. This award reinforces what we already know here at Parkhaven – that the dedication of our staff is really what set us apart from the rest!”