A chef from a care home in Birkenhead has been crowned Anchor’s Chef of the Year 2019.
Connor Sacker, of Heyberry House, faced competition from six finalists from Anchor care homes in the grand final of the competition on Thursday, September 5.
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.”
The finalists were given two hours to prepare a fortified snack packed with nutritious ingredients to help maintain residents’ healthy weights, and a two-course meal.
Connor won with his 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.