The Head Chef at Gracewell of Bath, Nicholas (Nick) Sauter, won Gracewell Healthcare’s company-wide MasterChef Competition.
The competition was open to all chefs at Gracewell Healthcare homes and entrants were initially challenged to prepare a delicious main course and dessert with a budget of just £5.00.
Gracewell of Bath care home, which provides personalised, high-quality nursing and dementia care has employed Nick since it opened in 2017 - he became Head Chef in September 2019. Nick and his team prepare freshly made nutritious meals, using the finest, high quality ingredients, that are served to residents in the home’s bistro.
Nick has 25 years’ experience as a chef, with a diverse career that has involved opening a Four Diamond restaurant in the Caribbean. Impressively, Nick went on to become the private chef for the Governor of Bermuda, during which time, he prepared meals for dignitaries from around the world, including The Queen, Prince Phillip and Princess Anne. Up until he became Head Chef of Gracewell of Bath, he worked at The Latymer, a Michelin Star Restaurant that featured on MasterChef and the Bath Spa Hotel – 2 Rosette.
The company wide MasterChef competition involved three stages, and after the semi-finals, four finalists including Nick were tasked with demonstrating flair, creativity, taste and quality when preparing dishes for the judging panel. In the final there was no budget, so Nick was able to go all out and create an impressive dish that consisted of almond topped hake with langoustines, confit cherry tomatoes, a lobster bisque and pea puree.
As the winner, Nick will represent the UK in Denver, Colorado, USA at Gracewell’s Leadership Conference in Spring 2020, whilst all finalists will have their dishes featured as ‘Signature Dishes’ on the Gracewell Spring Menu Cycle.
“I am so honoured to have won this competition. It took a lot of hard work and preparation, as the other chefs across the company are also very experienced and talented. I pour my heart and soul into every dish I create, and Gracewell of Bath residents are always extremely appreciative.”