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NACC Care Chef of the Year Competition

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Care Chef of the Year competition provides an excellent platform to recognise the excellence of Chefs working in our sector. The competition provides opportunity for a member of your team to achieve this accolade and join the exclusive club of title holders to be crowned Care Chef of the Year.

It is not only open to those working in care homes but also extends to local authorities and other care organisations including hospices. The NACC Care Chef competition is the longest standing care chef competition in the UK, that continually challenges people who operate within the care sector to devise innovative and exciting recipes whilst adhering to a strict budget and meeting the nutritional needs of their clientele. It aspires to raise the profile of catering in the care sector and the excellence achieved by those working within it nationally.

With the 21 previous winners of this illustrious title proudly displaying their award in their place of work, are you the twenty second to generate a winning recipe?

We encourage participation in this competition as it is a very effective means of raising the profile of care catering, and puts presentation and creativity skills to the test. It is a very useful tool in the workplace with regard to staff development.

This year’s competition is kindly sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions and Worshipful Company of Cooks.

View the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020 Highlights here.

2000 - Cliff Hamilton 2006 - Garry Maundrill 2012 - Ellie Cook 2018 - John Grover
2001 - Paula McAllister 2007 - Partick Moore 2013 -Simon Lawrence 2019 - Martin McKee
2002 - Amanda Steel 2008 - Gareth Cartledge 2014 - Jenny-May Smith 2020 - Tim Ware
2003 - Barbara Walker 2009 - Mark Wilkinson 2015 - Oliver Smith
2004 - Judy Reynolds 2010 - Craig Dewhurst 2016 - Alex Morte
2005 - Gary Brailsford 2011 - Malcolm Shipton 2017 - Stuart Middleton

The competition is open to all chefs/cooks in the care sector. We require two finalists from each region to go forward to the final.

Entries continue to be sought from all sectors of the care market and both NACC members and non-members are welcome to take part throughout the UK.
For non-members an entry fee of £70+VAT applies which includes 1 year’s membership to the NACC.

We are looking for a two course menu, main course and dessert, suitable for service users in a care setting.

The combined food cost for both courses should be no more than £2.25 per head based on three portions and the meal should be nutritionally balanced and incorporate one of Unilever Food Solutions products as listed in the competition rules 9.

Each contestant will be given 90 minutes to produce the meal.


Click here to download the nomination brochure.

Click here to download the nutritional guidance sheet.

Click here to download Unilever Food Solutions product list.

Our panel of experts will view your entries, with the best two from each of the six NACC regions being invited to a cook off in the final.

All entries must state the client group they are suitable for, but will be served in a competition style for the final.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Click here to view more information about the regional cook offs.

Scotland Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Venue: The Cook School Scotland
Date: Wednesday 30th June

North Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Venue: Middlesbrough College
Date: Thursday 1st July 2021

South East Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Venue: Unilever, Chefmanship Centre
Date: Tuesday 6th July

South West Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Faculty of Hospitality, Hair & Beauty Exeter College
Date: Wednesday 7th July

Midlands Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Venue: North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College
Date: Wednesday 14th July

Wales Care Chef 2021 Regional Cook Off
Venue: Bridgend College
Date: Thursday 15th July