Newton Heath Chef shortlisted as a finalist in the Care Catering Award Category at the Public SectorBen Smith, Chef at HC-One’s Averill House care home in Newton Heath, Manchester has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Care Catering Award Category at the Public Sector Catering Awards 2024.

The Public Sector Catering Awards aim to recognise outstanding achievement among individuals, teams, companies and organisations operating within a public sector environment. The Care Catering Award category involves the delivery of resident mealtimes in a care setting, which has significantly improved catering services for clients and residents.

Ben has been recognised by the judges for the high standard of dining on offer at Averill House Care Home and the presentation of meals that are produced, with residents often commenting on how enriched their experiences are at mealtimes. Averill House also provides catering for an adjacent care home, HC-One’s Brookdale View, which has received extremely positive comments too. Ben ensures meals are presented highly decoratively, and that the mealtime experiences are those to savour.

Pete Coles, Group Development Chef who nominated Ben for the award, commented: 

“Ben Smith is thoroughly deserving of the Care Catering Award.

Ben includes residents in all aspects of the catering side of their role, producing a wide variety of menu choices that are both full of flavour and deliver nutritionally. 

One of the main reasons that Ben Smith deserves this prestigious award is through his dedication to setting high standards amongst his teams and delivering excellent quality foods, alongside invaluable dining experiences that involve collaboration of the Catering Team, care colleagues and resident engagement.”

Ben Smith, Chef at Averill House, said:
“It is an honour to be nominated for an award. 
“I strive to ensure that the experience of mealtimes have a positive impact for the residents within our care and improve everyone’s overall quality of life.”

Lisa Kerr, Home Manager at Averill House, added:
“I am very proud in the nomination for Ben. He shows exceptional dedication to resident involvement in the dining experience and he is a deserving contender for the nomination.”

The awards ceremony. will take place at the Hilton London Metropole on Thursday 4th April, where the winners will be announced.