Castleford care home chef rewarded for food passion

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Newfield Lodge chef Chris Beech battered the rest of the competition at the recent Great British Care Awards.

Mr Beech took home the national care home cook/chef award 2017 in Birmingham on March 31.

He went up against other regional finalists from across the country after being named Yorkshire regional finalist in November 2016.

Mr Beech and his kitchen team has produced all the meals for the residents at Newfield Lodge residential and dementia care home in Castleford since he started there in 2012.

He said, “I am speechless that I have won this award. I love going into work every day and I always make time to have a chat with our residents.

“I know they appreciate everything I do but it is incredible to have this recognition too.”

The judges said Mr Beech was chosen as the winner due to his demonstration, which showed how he skilfully combines his passion for food and people into an art that benefits both residents and fellow members of staff.

He was presented with the accolade by actor and singer Martin Kemp.

Paula Mountjoy, Newfield Lodge home manager, said “We are all so pleased for Chris, the residents are always saying how good his food is, especially the cakes.

“He really understands the importance of providing an exceptional mealtime experience for everyone who lives at Newfield Lodge, and that the healthy food choices he provides can truly enhance our resident’s quality of life.”

Mary Maskill, who has lived at Newfield Lodge for four years, said “I am so pleased for Chris, he really deserves this award.”