Kitchen Manager at Sedgley Court care home in Dudley, Richard Evans, cooked up a storm during care provider Ideal Carehomes, MasterChef competition, claiming the Ideal MasterChef 2021 trophy!
The Ideal MasterChef competition was launched last year, with the help of celebrity chef and ‘Ready Steady Cook’ star, Ainsley Harriott.
Kitchen teams from all the care homes across Yorkshire, the North West and Midlands presented their best dishes to the Ideal MasterChef judges as part of Ideal Carehomes’ training and development initiative in association with Brakes Foodservices.
As the competition boiled down to the final three contestants, the pressure was on for finalists Richard Evans, Adele Pumford from Greenacres care home in Meltham, and Josh Murray from Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk.
On the day of the final, the finalists presented three courses to the judges, which they had carefully planned and freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Each course was judged, and given a score out of ten in three categories – taste, presentation and creativity. The judges were especially impressed by Richard’s Easter themed dessert, which was an Easter egg shell filled with delicious Creme Egg cheesecake.
When Sedgley Court Home Manager, Kim Dean, found out that Richard was set to be announced the Ideal MasterChef champion, she planned a surprise announcement party in the care home. Staff and residents decorated the home with balloons, and waited quietly for Richard’s entrance.
Although he couldn’t quite find his words as he was presented with his award, Richard was over the moon to be crowned Ideal MasterChef champion. He later said:
‘I am very honoured and proud to be the winner of Ideal Masterchef 2021. It was a big surprise when it was announced that I was the winner – I think I was in shock!
I would just like to thank the Home Manager, Kim Dean, and all the residents and staff at Sedgley court for their support throughout the competition. They were all confident that I would bring the title back for Sedgley Court!’
Judge and Ideal Carehomes Commissioning Director, Maria Taylor, said:
‘I was blown away by the standards our chefs set, and thought all three finalists did a fantastic job, which made our decision extremely difficult when trying to choose the winner!
‘Nutrition is so important in our homes, as well as the whole dining experience, and this competition really demonstrates that we have some amazing, talented people making sure our residents receive tasty, freshly prepared food every day. I am so proud – well done and thank you to all of our finalists for such a great day.’
Sedgley Court is a purpose-built luxury residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. With 66 ensuite bedrooms, the home provides person-centred care and a full and varied activities programme.