Martin McKee of The Hawthorns, Aldridge, has been named the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 following a closely fought national final.
The standard of competition was incredibly high, but Martin stood out to take the coveted title with his menu of pan roast cod, fondant potatoes, garden peas and vegetables with sauce vierge and a dessert of white chocolate, lemon and thyme mousse, rosemary shortbread with sherbet and raspberry.
Head judge Bev Puxley said: “His presentation was right, the taste was right and his understanding of the suitability for his clients was spot on.”
Martin McKee said on winning: “I’m speechless! I’m overwhelmed, especially after seeing the standard peak on this my fourth year of competing. I’m absolutely honoured to have won; it has been four years in the making.”
Tim Ware of Green Tree Court, Exeter, took second place, with Carl Weston of Cuffley Manor Care Home, Potters Bar, taking third place.
Martin McKee was also awarded Highly Commended Main and Graham Watson of Lauder Lodge, Edinburgh, took the certificate for Highly Commended Dessert.