Care home provider’s Catering Manager Wins National Award
Renaissance Care’s ‘Blend it like Beckham’ master chef, Stuart Middleton, has been named Catering Manager of the Year at the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) awards.
Stuart hit the headlines earlier this year when he revealed his innovative approach to care catering came from his vast experience in the commercial sector, which included cooking for former Manchester United hero David Beckham on the night the football icon launched his now famous Haig Whisky.
Since returning to the care sector, Stuart has continued to develop his approach to nutrition and catering, and the award from the NACC recognises the chef’s remarkable dedication to enhancing the lives of Renaissance Care residents through exceptional dining experiences.
Stuart said: “I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to receive the Catering Manager of the Year Award from the NACC. It is both a professional and personal milestone for me.
“This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our entire team at Renaissance Care to ensuring our residents receive the highest quality dining experience. Our approach to nutrition isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about enjoyment and enhancing the overall well-being and happiness of our residents.
“I am honoured to be a part of an organisation that places such a strong emphasis on the importance of good food and dining for our residents.”
The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) recognises professionals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence in care catering, and Stuart and his team have truly set the bar high.
With a deep passion for providing residents with delicious, nutritious meals that can be enjoyed by all, Stuart has played a pivotal role in transforming mealtime experiences across Renaissance Care’s facilities.
From seasonal menus selected through “Meal or No Meal” tasting sessions with residents, to creative approaches to reconstituting food that residents living with dementia or dysphagia conditions would otherwise be unable to eat, Stuart and the team have implemented innovative dining programs that cater to residents’ diverse tastes and dietary needs, ensuring that every meal is a delightful and nourishing experience.
Yvonne Richardson, Operations Director at Renaissance Care, said: “We are extremely proud of Stuart’s outstanding accomplishment.”
“This award not only acknowledges the vision for developing dining standards within Renaissance Care but recognises the positive contribution and dedication Stuart, and the wider catering team, have shown for providing the best possible care to our residents.”