A ‘master chef’ in Peterborough has won the Anchor Chef of the Year award for bringing fine dining to a care home.
Rob Devonshire begun working at the Clayburn Court Care Home in Hampton, Peterborough three years ago and has since transformed their menus.
Before scooping up the award, Mr Devonshire cooked a meal of lamb with gratin potatoes and a Mille-Feuille, which is a puff pastry layered passion fruit mousse, with vanilla roasted figs – the trophy now sits on a shelf in the care home.
Mr Devonshire said: “While it is a bit fancier than what we cook every day, the meal has to be suitable for a care home. We had to produce one plate which was pureed, for residents who cannot chew.
“There were eight other finalists, and we were judged by Tom Shepherd, who has a Michelin Star. He said he was very impressed by the standard there. Hearing someone like Tom say that was very inspiring – this is all about raising the standards in the care industry.”
The care home master chef practices at home, serving the dish to his wife. Mr Shepherd said: “This has really opened my eyes into what care homes provide for their residents, but how difficult this was for me to pick a winner.”
“All the residents were very happy we won the award – they were very impressed. They threw a little party for us. We get them involved in writing the menus, so they traditional things they remember.”