Rivermede Court Chef Celebrates Win at Acclaimed VFL Awards

Philip Meyer, Head Chef at Rivermede Court care home in Egham is celebrating a win at the Vegetarian for Life (VfL) Awards, having beaten strong competition from across the care sector nationwide.

Philip Meyer was awarded ‘Most Innovative Veggie Dish Award’ at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at The Houses of Parliament on 23 November.

VfL Awards shine spotlight on modern care home catering

The VfL Awards were created to give recognition to chefs who are pioneers in terms of modern care catering.   They shine a spotlight on care caterers who make a special effort to create delicious and nutritious vegetarian and vegan meals.

Philip’s innovative main course was a filled shallow fried savoy cabbage leaves with spiced garlic, pureed red pepper and pureed fennel, presented with vegan battered aubergines and a minted pea puree, garnished with a reduction of balsamic vinegar.  His impressive dessert was a soya vegan panna cotta layered with a lime puree, presented with a summer fruit berry compote. It was garnished with a vegan cinnamon shortbread biscuit and a spiced orange puree.

Commenting on his achievement, Philip Meyer said, “What a fabulous day – not only to be recognised for championing vegetarianism and entering a national competition but actually winning the award by getting first place! I’m over the moon, not just for me but for Rivermede Court care home and our residents.”

Candice O’Neill, General Manager at Rivermede Court said, “What an incredible achievement. Philip has always impressed us with his culinary skills and his ability to create delicious, nutritious and visually appealing dishes for our residents. We are all so proud of his success. He has never won a national competition before and this win means so much to him!”