Head Chef at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield, Phil Jay, has been awarded one of the top prizes at the prestigious Vegan and Vegetarian For Life awards held in the Houses of Parliament this month.
The awards, which rewarded and celebrated excellence in vegetarian care catering, saw Phil be crowned winner of the 'Most Innovative Dish', for his Dysphagia Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake.
The special ceremony was hosted by Vegetarian for Life (VfL), recognising those in the care sector who goes the extra mile when it comes to providing the very best food and dining experiences for residents in care homes across the country.
As well as being vegan, Phil's cake was especially tailored to suit residents living with Dysphagia. The ingredients used to create Phil’s winning cake included vegan butter, organic sugar, self-raising flour, almond milk, cocoa powder and pure vanilla essence.
There were four awards up for grabs on the night alongside the Most Innovative Dish award, including Veggie Care Chef of The Year, Veggie Wholesaler of The Year and the Special Recognition Award.
The talented dining team at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield, led by Phil, share the home's vision of ensuring that each and every resident enjoys the most fulfilling life possible, with person-centred care to meet their needs. A large part of achieving the first-class care delivered at Gracewell is the effort and commitment put into ensuring that the dining experience at the home is enjoyable for all residents, using fresh ingredients and varied menu, tailored to each individual's needs and desires.
Phil Jay, Head Chef of Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield, said:
“I am honoured to have been nominated, let alone to have now this award. I love working with the talented dining team at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield, and being creative with food in a way that also helps our residents is extremely rewarding.
“It has been an exciting and interest project to change people’s perception of Vegan foods. When we first made this dish, some were unsure of it because it was vegan, but then after trying it the comments were outstanding, a lot saying ‘it tastes as good if not better than a normal cake’.
“Following this success, we will be doing events throughout the next year and creating even more delicious and wonderful dishes that keep our residents as healthy and happy as possible”.