Home chef in top contest

Care home chef Luke Slaughter is in the national final of a cooking contest
Care home chef Luke Slaughter is in the national final of a cooking contest
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A Sheffield care home chef has cooked his way into the finals of a national contest.

Luke Slaughter, who works at Loxley Park Care Home, will show off his signature dishes in the Care Cook of the Year 2014 culinary competition.

To secure his place in the final, Luke had to create a nutritionally balanced two-course menu suitable for care home residents – and costing less than £1.50 per serving.

His menu of salmon fillet served with smoked haddock, scotch egg and chive sauce, as well as vanilla pannacotta and roasted rhubarb, impressed the judges and beat other candidates.

Now he is preparing for a live cook-off in June against 11 other care home cooks.

Neel Radia, national chairman of event organiser the National Association of Care Catering, said: “Catering in the care sector requires specific knowledge and skills.

“There are a number of factors care caterers need to understand and consider when planning menus for the elderly and vulnerable.

“These include, nutrition, budget, specific dietary needs and individual demands, variety and creativity, presentation, and of course great taste. It is vital care cooks get it right.

“The competition tests these skills and gives chefs and cooks in the sector the chance to showcase their talents.”