When it comes to fine dining, Nick Broad the Chef from Croxley House care home in Croxley Green Rickmansworth, knows what dishes will tickle the finest taste buds and he recently won the prize for his culinary genius.
The Croxley House Chef, aged 31, decided to enter into National Activity Provider Association (NAPA) Fine Dining Challenge, choosing one of the most difficult from the six categories – The Chef’s Masterpiece Challenge. The key part of the challenge was to develop a really special menu and to consider the full front of house experience, based on the likes and dislikes of those attending. NAPA’s judges were looking for evidence of consulting with the residents along with the more technical elements of the meal.
The menu created by Nick surpassed everyone’s expectations and he treated the residents of Croxley House to a truly special dining experience, together with all the glitz and glamour. Residents who dined in the style of 1920s era, were delighted with the menu choices and with the overall dining experience on the night.
The menu which Nick developed for the exclusive Fine Dining Challenge included Avocado & Kiwi wrapped in Cucumber Slices with Paprika Garnish, Mushroom Vol-au-vents in a cream & Butter Sauce, Five Herb Ravioli, Pan Fried Stuff Chicken or Quail Breast with Caramelized Diced Sweet Potato and Carrots, and ‘Painting a Picture’ – Cherry Rainbow Cheesecake with Blueberry and Raspberry Puree, served with a Lime Sorbet.
The Croxley House Chef impressed the judges with his culinary skills and he got shortlisted as one of the Top 20 Chefs and invited to attend an exclusive Master Class with Mark Sargeant, an English Michelin star chef, on 29th October.
Nick Broad commented on his win: “Fine Dining Challenge was a fantastic and glamorous event, enjoyed by everyone including residents and staff. I was really pleased how I brought ‘Painting a picture’ cheesecake to life with all the colours of the rainbow. It was a real privilege to be shortlisted for a Masterclass with Mark Sargeant, a Michelin star chef and restaurateur. We all had a brilliant day and the memory will stay with me forever”.