The first chefs in the country to receive specialist training to cater for older people in care homes have received their diplomas.
Care services minister Ivan Lewis attended a ceremony at Anchor's retirement village at Denham Garden, Buckinghamshire, to congratulate the first 30 graduates.
Anchor Homes, which runs more than 100 care homes, launched its accredited catering course Cater Craft in March 2006 to replace the Food Preparation NVQ its chefs previously took.
Lewis said: "I am delighted to congratulate these new chefs on their success in achieving these diplomas. I would like to see nutrition being given the same importance as someone receiving their mediation."
• The National Association of Care Catering will hold its annual conference at the Hilton Metropole hotel on the 13 and 14 September 2007. Guest speakers lined up for the two-day conference include Ivan lewis, minister for care services; Patrick Holford, Institute of Optimum Nutrition; Ray Mitchell, Age Concern England and Dr Helen Crawley from the Caroline Walker Trust. There will also be a series of chef demonstrations organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs. Visit www.thenacc.co.uk for more or call 0870 748 0180 to book.
By Chris Druce
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