Martin McKee is crowned NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019
Premier Foods is a proud sponsor of the NACC Care Chef of the Year competition and last week the team went to watch and support the chefs in the live final which took place at Stratford upon Avon College. The standard of competition was incredibly high, but Martin McKee stood out to take the coveted title with his excellent menu of Pan roast cod, fondant potatoes, garden peas and vegetables with sauce vierge and a dessert of white chocolate, lemon and thyme mousse, rosemary shortbread with sherbet and raspberry.
The judges were impressed by Martin’s all-round approach, from his knowledge to the excellent results achieved. Head Judge Bev Puxley said: “His presentation was right, the taste was right and his understanding of the suitability for his clients was spot on.”
Martin McKee said on winning: “I’m speechless! I’m overwhelmed, especially after seeing the standard peak on this my fourth year of competing. I’m absolutely honoured to have won; it has been four years in the making. Avery has been a driving force for me to succeed, and also for other care chefs – they had three chefs in this final!”
Tim Ware of Green Tree Court, Exeter, took second place, with Carl Weston of Cuffley Manor Care Home, Potters Bar, taking third place.
Martin McKee was also awarded Highly Commended Main and Graham Watson of Lauder Lodge, Edinburgh, took the certificate for Highly Commended Dessert.
Mark Taylor, Foodservice Customer Controller at Premier Foods, commented: “On behalf of myself and everybody at Premier Foods we want to wish a huge congratulations to Martin McKee for being crowned the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019, it was really well deserved. Well done to all those who took part, it was a tough competition and the standard was incredibly high, everyone who took part did the care chef industry proud. Martin’s dish tasted amazing and from start to finish he executed winning qualities, from his final presentation to the cleanliness and techniques used during cooking. I wish every contestant big successes as they progress in their careers, from the standard I have witnessed, I have no doubt that they will all go on to do great things for the care chef industry. The NACC Care Chef of the Year competition is a fantastic celebration of the talent our industry has and the finalists’ dishes really showcased the innovation and quality care catering holds nowadays.”