Birkenhead care home chef crowned Anchor’s Chef of the Year

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Jane Ashcroft, Chef of the Year winner Connor Sacker and Rob Martin

A chef from a care home in Birkenhead has won a national catering competition.
Connor Sacker, 23, who has worked at Heyberry House care home in Ashville Road name since he was 17 when he started work as a kitchen assistant, said he was thrilled to be crowned Anchor’s Chef of the Year 2019.
Deputy Chef Manager Connor faced six finalists from Anchor care homes across the country to gain the top place in the competition.
Each finalist had two hours at the Grand Final on Thursday 5 September to prepare a fortified snack, which is packed with nutritious ingredients which help maintain residents’ healthy weights, and a two-course meal.
Connor chose to make a pate de fruit for his fortified snack while for his main course he prepared chicken breasts with wild mushrooms, spinach, crispy chicken skin, fondant potato and garlic cream, and for dessert a passion fruit posset with a mango, pineapple and mint salsa.
He said: “I’m very pleased to have won. It was fun. I felt excited and nervous before the competition because I’d not been in a catering competition before.
“I’m passionate about cooking good quality meals for my residents. It not just a job it’s my life. It’s the reason I get up in the morning: the food and banter, and making them happy. It’s important to me.
“The dishes are ones which I know my residents like so I’m glad the judges liked them, too.”
Competition judge and organiser Richard Herne, Anchor’s Catering Manager, said: “The Chef of the Year competition is highly competitive as the top chefs from Anchor’s 114 care homes fight it out to gain this prestigious title.
“Connor did very well as he was up against six other experienced chefs. The food presentation was great and tasted delicious so deserved to be the winning menu.
“Meals are an important milestone in the lives of our residents so making sure that we continually improve our standards is essential. The Chef of the Year helps with that as it’s an opportunity for our chefs to share ideas and recipes.
“Encouraging residents to eat a wholesome and seasonal diet which they enjoy helps them lead happy and healthy lives.”

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