Eastbourne chef clinches place in contest’s regional final

David Cook
David Cook

AN EASTBOURNE chef has scooped a place in the regional final of a prestigious national catering competition.

David Cook leads a team of four kitchen staff at Milton Grange Home.

In an average week the team provides almost 1,700 meals – three main meals daily – to 80 people at the care home.

David will take part in a regional final of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) ‘Care Cook of the Year’ competition.

He will have just 90 minutes to prepare a main course and dessert for four people, suitable for residents in a care home, meeting NACC nutritional guidelines and with a maximum budget of £1.30 per head.

The NACC ‘Care Cook of the Year’ is one of the longest standing, best regarded, independent recipe competitions in the UK.

It is designed to challenge individuals who work within the care sector to create new and exciting recipes and to excel in their day-to-day catering environment.

Davi was put forward for the competition after the high standard of catering at Milton Grange was recognised by East Sussex County Council’s senior catering officer, John Figgins.

David, 33, has been working at Milton Grange for two years.

He said, “I am absolutely delighted to be in the regional final of this prestigious competition and I regard it as recognition of the efforts that the whole catering team puts in every day to create a wide range of meals that our residents enjoy.

“We use only fresh ingredients and cook all our meals from scratch to ensure that the food not only tastes good but fulfils the nutritional needs of our residents.

“We offer a varied menu that includes all the old favourites, such as sausages and mash and puddings with custard as well as more contemporary dishes like curries.”