Hospital Caterers Association Hot Cookery competition open for entries

25 July 2017 by
Hospital Caterers Association Hot Cookery competition open for entries

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) is calling for entries for its bi-annual Hot Cookery competition.

Closing date for entries is 30 December for the competition which aims seeks to showcase hospital catering and to highlight the constraints and environments that hospital chefs have to work under.

Ten teams of two chefs from healthcare or NHS sites across the country will go forward to compete at the final during Hotelympia at the ExCeL London on 8 March 2018.

The final competition will see teams devise, prepare and cook a two-course hospital meal for four covers within one hour at a maximum cost of £2.10 per head. The two courses, a chicken-based main and a fruit-based dessert, will need to contain less than 10g of added sugar per portion.

Meals will also need have reduced saturated fat, sugars and salts.

Richard Kirton and Ian Cannon from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust won silver (best in class) at the HCA Hot Cookery competition last year.

For more information and to enter contact Phil Shelley, immediate past chair of the HCA at

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS chefs win best in class at Hotelympia >>

Inside Contract Catering: Hospital food purchasing >>

Hospital Caterers Association supports NHS sugary drinks limit >>

Videos from The Caterer archives

Are you looking for a new role? See all the current hospitality vacancies available with The Caterer Jobs

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking