The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has announced its finalists for the Care Chef of the Year 2019 awards.
This year's final will take place at Stratford-upon-Avon college, and will challenge entrants to create a nutritionally balanced two-course meal that is suitable for service users in a care setting. Chefs are limited by a food cost of no more than £2.25 a head, and a 90-minute time limit.
Each finalist came out on top in their respective heats in Scotland, North, Midlands, Wales, the South West and the South East. They will now all face the competition's final challenge on 5 June.
Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC, said: "This competition is specially designed to challenge care chefs and showcase their talent and specialist skills and the knowledge they have of nutrition and dietary requirements, which is vital in a care setting.
"It also raises the profile of the care sector as a rewarding, dynamic career choice. Everyone who has competed in the competition are fine examples of care chefs up and down the country, who believe food is at the centre of quality care and are dedicated to making sure they deliver the very best."
The finalistsGraham Watson, Lauder Lodge, Edinburgh
Richard Hall, Ostlers Care Home, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Carl Weston, Cuffley Manor, Potters Bar
Jonathan Hope, Halliwell Care Home, Tunbridge Wells
Tim Ware, Green Tree Court, Exeter
Stephen Hopkins, Blossom Fields Nursing Home, Winterbourne, Bristol
Joseph Pedder, Blind Veterans UK, Llandudno
Lindsay Grant, Avery Lodge Care Home, Grantham
Martin McKee, The Hawthorns, Aldridge
David Oswin, Loxley Park Care Home, Sheffield
John Naylor, Redwood Glades, Hull