The Cinnamon Chef of the Year 2023 competition is on!

It is competition time and the heat is on, to the find the Cinnamon Chef of the Year 2023!

This year’s contest called the Royal Roast, is all about our residents’ favourite Sunday Roast. Each Cinnamon care home is tasked with elevating this traditional English favourite to a ‘dish fit for a king’.

Watch the Winners from last years competition

The menu consists of a starter choice, one roast type meal with all the trimmings and one desert. All three dishes must compliment each to create the grand finale piece.

The final to decide this year’s Winner will be held at Rational headquarters, in Luton on 1st November.

Cinnamon Chefs pave the way to finals of national catering competitions

Eastcote Park & Hartwood House win regional competition heat

Separately, two of our talented chefs have been recognised for their work at the prestigious NACC (National Association of Care Catering) competition. The NACC awards are the benchmark for the care industry and are seen as the MasterChef accolade of care home catering, bringing together the best chefs from across the UK.

Nigel Cook from Eastcote Park and Daniel Bree from Hartwood care homes have won the regional cook offs for the Midlands and South-East and are now in the running for the finals to be held on 3rd October.

One lucky competition Winner will be crowned Care Chef of the Year 2023 for the whole of the UK.


Nigel’s winning main course was pan-fried hake with potato scales and a spicy coconut sauce, crispy kale, pickled cucumber and cherry tomatoes. His dessert was beetroot bakewell tart with ginger crème fraiche.

Nigel Cooke said, “I never thought I would win the regional heat! The standard was so high and improves every year. There was such a high calibre of chefs, all producing some amazing dishes. I am incredibly proud to have been selected as a finalist and to represent Cinnamon Care Collection and its Eastcote Park care home.”

Richard Pearshouse, Cinnamon Executive Chef said, “We have such talented and passionate chefs working for Cinnamon it’s great that they are now getting the recognition they deserve.

What the judges see is just a small snapshot of the wonderful work they do day in and day out at their homes, making a difference in our residents’ wellbeing and making every mealtime a truly wonderful experience.”

Eden Court chef in finals for Veg Chef of the Year

In other news our talented chef Attila Volosinovski from Eden Court in Battersea is in the finals for the Veg Chef of the Year competition run by the charity (VFL) Veg For Life.

Winners of the competition will be announced at a grand ceremony to be held on 18th October at the Houses of Parliament.

Take a look at some other delicious menu choices coming out of our kitchens…

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