After producing carefully constructed dishes in the regional heat on 21st March, Stuart Pelham has been selected to take part in the national final.
The national final will take place on 6th June at Barking & Dagenham Technical Skills Academy. He will compete to be named NACC Care Chef of the Year 2018.
Judges took special note of Stuart’s nutritional understanding, culinary techniques, execution and presentation.
Stuart created a main course of Pan fried Pembrokeshire cod with asparagus and samphire, pea and wild garlic ketchup and an Y Fenni cheese and laverbread beignet. For dessert he made a hot black blackberry and apple Panacotta with Welsh cake crumble. He centred his dishes on traditional Welsh foods with a modern twist. One judge said the main course was the best she had eaten in a long time.
The competing chefs had 90 minutes to prepare their meals, after submitting a paper design of a balanced, two-course menu for a care setting, with the combined food cost of the course no higher than £2.25 per person.
The competition is organised by the NACC, an organisation that represents professionals who provide catering to the care industry. NACC is recognised by Local Authorities, independent providers, charities and Government departments as a key source of information on catering with the care sector.
Stuart’s success is reflective of Sunrise’s commitment to providing nutritious, delicious food for its residents that meets a range of individual needs. Sunrise communities across the country recently invited people from their local areas to ‘Taste of Sunrise’ events, where the public was able to sample the exceptional dishes of Sunrise chefs.
Stuart Pelham, Head Chef at Sunrise of Cardiff, said:
“I was honoured to represent Sunrise of Cardiff at the NACC Care Chef of the Year competition, and showcase the nutritious, delicious food that we pride ourselves on in our community.
“I wanted to use regional ingredients in my dishes to highlight Welsh culture, and show a seaside theme, which I was delighted the judges were impressed with.
“I am extremely excited about going forward into the national final, and hope to win on 6th June!”