Care home team wins national cookery competition

Assistant operations director Margaret Roe, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel, director of people development and engagement Alison Innes-Farquhar.
Assistant operations director Margaret Roe, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel, director of people development and engagement Alison Innes-Farquhar.
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CARE home staff were wined and dined by their bosses to celebrate their win in a Masterchef-style challenge.

Workers from the Falstone Court and Manor Care Home in Sunderland were treated to a three-course meal served by HC-One’s company leaders team after the homes won the company’s own national cookery competition.

Falstone Court and Manor deputy manager Bijumon Joseph, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel, and Falstone Court and Manor chef Walter Ali.

Falstone Court and Manor deputy manager Bijumon Joseph, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel, and Falstone Court and Manor chef Walter Ali.

The home fought off stiff competition from across the country to win the care home provider’s national competition which aimed to raise catering standards in all of its care homes.

To celebrate their achievement, the employees were treated to a feast served by HC-One’s top bosses, including its executive chairman Dr Chai Patel, regional managing director Liz Whyte and assistant operations director Margaret Roe at a special dinner party which took place at the care home.

The home was also presented with a certificate and a trophy to mark their success, with the meal and presentation followed by an evening of singing and dancing with entertainment from an Elvis impersonator.

During the five-month competition, the kitchen team was assessed against a number of criteria including, quality of food, presentation at meal times, and the service provided while serving meals.

It was great to see everyone having such a wonderful time and enjoying themselves.

Dt Chai Patel care home company’s executive chairman

The complex’s deputy home manager, Bijumon Joseph, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the HC-One ‘Masterchef’ competition. Being served by the HC-One senior management team was the icing on the cake.

“I would like to thank HC-One’s hospitality team who cooked such a delicious meal and a special thank you must go to Chai, Liz and Margaret who made the evening by being with us.”

Dr Patel added: “On behalf of the senior management team at HC-One, I would like to congratulate everyone at Falstone Court and Manor.

“They have excelled in providing the highest standards in catering and it was a pleasure to crown them champions of HC-One’s ‘Masterchef’ competition. It was great to see everyone having such a wonderful time and enjoying themselves.

Regional managing director Liz Whyte, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel and assistant operations director Margaret Roe.

Regional managing director Liz Whyte, executive chairman Dr Chai Patel and assistant operations director Margaret Roe.

“This is a shining example of how HC-One strives to provide the kindest possible care.”

Executive chairman Dr Chai Patel serving dinner at Falstone Court and Manor.

Executive chairman Dr Chai Patel serving dinner at Falstone Court and Manor.