Members of the Care Catering sector were recognised at the 2024 Public Sector Catering Awards, which took place on 4th April at the London Hilton Metropole. The awards recognise outstanding contributions to the industry.

Care UK Food and Hotel Services walked away with the Care Catering Award, sponsored by Cereal Partners. The shortlist also included:

Aaron Derbyshire – Rose Court Care Home, HC-One
Rachel Keys – HC-One
Jane Mardle – TNS Catering – Friends of the Elderly
Eleanor MacPherson – Balcarres Care Home, HC-One
Ben Smith – Averill House Care Home, HC-One
Edgbaston Manor Catering Team – Care UK

Andrew Cullum of Avery Healthcare, whose homes provide residential, dementia and nursing care services throughout the UK, received the Training & Apprenticeship Award.

As a first for these awards, the winners of each of the public sector Chef of the Year competitions were invited to devise the menu for the night. The NACC was represented by Care Chef of the Year Brian Preston, who heads up the catering team at Lister House, Royal British Legion, a care home for the armed forces in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Together they worked with the London Metropole Brigade to deliver the three-course dinner for over 600 guests.

Talking after the event, Brian said “This was a marvellous opportunity. They were vast kitchens but it was great fun working with the other chefs. Something very different from my day job!”

Public Sector Catering editor David Foad said afterwards: “It was a terrific awards night, a genuine celebration of the best in an industry that does such a fantastic job behind the scenes. My congratulations go to all the winners, with thanks to everyone who was nominated for making our judges work so hard over difficult decisions this year.”

The NACC National Chair, Neel Radia attended the event and said: “I was so pleased to see the care catering sector so well represented in several of the available categories. I congratulate Andrew and Care UK, although in my eyes, everyone who made the shortlists were winners.”

On the night a charity raffle was held to raise money for hospitality charity Springboard to help it in its work to encourage young talent into the sector and re-train older applicants.

Other care caterers were shortlisted in the following categories:

Catering Manager of the Year Award
Sponsored by Rational

Jody Marshall – Meallmore Limited

Chef of the Year Award
Sponsored by Unox

Stuart Pelham – Llys Cyncoed, Care UK

Contract Caterer of the Year
Sponsored by Lockhart Aggora

Signature Dining Ltd

Marketing Award
Sponsored by Wafflemeister

Harrogate Neighbours Meals on Wheels Service
Shire Services

Team of the Year Award
Sponsored by Essential Cuisine

Britten Court, Care UK