Charity Vegetarian for Life is on the lookout for 2023’s rising stars in vegan and vegetarian care catering in care and hospital catering.

“Here at VfL, we think that care caterers who make a special effort to create delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian meals deserve special recognition.”

Says Amanda Woodvine CEO.

This year marks the eighth VfL Awards for Excellence in Veg*n Care Catering. With more vegans and vegetarians moving into residential care every year, this annual award recognises those who are pioneering the way in modern care catering. We’re delighted to be returning to the Houses of Parliament for this year’s ceremony, which will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 October.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

Veggie Care Chef of the Year
We want to find the care chef who is making the tastiest meals for older vegans or veggies.

Veggie Wholesaler of the Year
Meals on Wheels? Food delivery service? Retailer supplying the care sector? Let’s celebrate that company that makes veggie meals easy.

Hospital Caterer of the Year
To recognise the special effort made by hospital catering teams to provide a wide range of delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian meals for patients.

Most Innovative Veggie Dish
We want someone to send us one magnificent recipe. Something that is original and that we can recommend to care caterers around the UK.

The Beulah Charity Trust Special Recognition Award
This is for that special someone who strives to make the UK a better place for older vegans and vegetarians. This could be a volunteer, a resident, a staff member or anyone pursuing this objective.

To enter all you need to do is fill in the short form here, letting us know who you want to nominate and why. Be quick though, the deadline for entries is fast approaching and we’ll need all submissions by Tuesday 29 August.

Click here for a look at the charity’s past winners.

First launched in 2016, the Annual Awards highlight the importance of catering well for older vegans and vegetarians. We recently surveyed 1,000 care homes to find out how many residents are vegan or vegetarian. Since the survey was last commissioned in 2014, the number of vegans in residential care has increased by a whopping 167%!

With growing numbers of vegans and vegetarians being supported by the care sector, it is no surprise that news of the awards has been positively received by care organisations. Articles about the awards have been published by the NACC, Care Home Catering, Hospitality Assured and more.

It’s becoming impossible to ignore the demand for top-notch veggie care catering.