Parkhaven Trust Chef, Paul Dunne has been announced as a finalist in the Chef of the Year 2022 Care Home and Hospital Catering Awards.

Judges had a difficult time whittling down the entries for this year’s awards, with nominations praising talented chefs and committed colleagues coming in from across the country.

Winners will be announced at an event in London on Monday 13 June 2022.

Parkhaven Trust’s dedicated catering team not only plan, prepare and cook the meals for the residents and day centre clients, they also personally assist clients at meal times. Many of our service users have dementia and require extra support at meal times to ensure their safety and well-being and to ensure that they eat a nutritious meal in an enjoyable environment.

Paul Dunne said:

“I’m over the moon to have been picked as a finalist! Myself and the team work hard to provide a range of nutritious meals for our clients. We regularly use special days such as birthdays and anniversaries as well as themed days such as Pancake Day, fish and chip supper days and Halloween as an excuse to cook special themed meals and make mealtime extra special.

We love having these themed ‘party’ mealtimes and creating a family atmosphere, this all adds to our client’s quality of life. We create a ‘buzz’ around mealtimes which helps encourage those with low appetites who need to eat more, to engage, join in and better enjoy their food. I find my work hugely rewarding.”

Parkhaven Trust work closely with local suppliers – they cook all meals from scratch on site, using only the freshest seasonal produce.

More about the awards here.