Anchor names Chef of the Year

Andrew Wilcox from The Firs, winner Rob Devonshire from Clayburn Court, Rusty Hesketh from Upton Grange and judge Tom Shepherd on the extreme right.

Rob Devonshire, head chef at Clayburn Court care home in Peterborough has been named Anchor’s Chef of the Year.

Michelin star chef Tom Shepherd judged the event at the University of Birmingham during which  Rob saw off seven challengers.

Tom said: “This has really opened my eyes into what care homes provide for their residents, and how difficult this was for me to pick a winner.  As far as I am concerned – they were all winners but I have to say, Rob’s rack of lamb was cooked to perfection, and his beautiful French pudding, Mille-Feuille complimented it perfectly.  Congratulations to Rob.”

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Last year’s winner Russell Hesketh was runner up with Andrew Wilcox in third place.

Andy Seal, service delivery consultant for Anchor, the organiser of the competition, said: “I really must pay tribute to all our chefs who have taken the time to enter this year’s competition. The standard of applicants was much higher this year, and we received almost double the applications.

“There can only be one winner, and the judging panel completed the tough job of selecting Rob as the best one. A special thanks to Tom Shepherd who generously gave up his time to judge the final and impart some of his expertise to each of the eight chefs.”

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