Montrose chef to compete for ‘chef of the year’

David Graham, head chef at Fordmill Nursing Home
David Graham, head chef at Fordmill Nursing Home

The head chef at a nursing home in Montrose has had a taste of success after being named Chef of the Year for Scotland in the Barchester Care Awards 2016, and is now in the running for a national award.

David Graham, head chef at Fordmill Nursing Home, has worked for the company for 10 years, and was chosen as the regional winner in the chef category by judges who were impressed by his talent in the kitchen and unwavering commitment to ensuring residents at the home are given a choice at mealtimes and served food of the highest quality.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of individuals living in Barchester care homes.

David is now competing against five other chefs from Barchester care homes across the UK to win the ‘Chef of the Year’ national trophy.

The first stage of the contest for the national award took place in June when David and the other regional winners were asked to organise and cater for a party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

The party at Fordmill was a huge success, there was a Highland Games event on the Saturday with a fine dining menu created for the evening and on the Sunday was the garden party with 150 guests, including Alex Johnston MP and Robina Gordon, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Angus. There was entertainment in the garden by the Montrose Town Band, Gordon School of Dancing and piper Mr Fiddes.

David catered for everyone and provided a buffet selection.

David said: “I am absolutely delighted for myself and the team at Fordmill. The feedback from residents at the garden party has been great and all that matters to me is to see them happy!”

General manager, Aileen Alberts, said: “This is an amazing achievement and the whole home is supporting David.”

The final stage of the competition takes place in September when the chefs will go head-to-head in a cook-off, for which they will serve up their chosen dishes in timed conditions. The national winner will be announced at an awards lunch in October.