Kettering chef wins national award

Chet of Elm Bank Care Home, Kettering, Paul Burch has won Avery Healthcare's Masterchef competition

Chet of Elm Bank Care Home, Kettering, Paul Burch has won Avery Healthcare's Masterchef competition

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A care home chef has won a national cooking crown.

Paul Burch, 24, chef of Elm Bank Care Home in Kettering, has won the care home’s owner Avery Healthcare’s Masterchef competition.

Mr Burch, of Kettering, who won £200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Costa del Sol, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this competition. However, it was a challenge as the other chefs were extremely talented.

“I think we all felt the pressure as we progressed through the competition.”

The chef beat three other regional finalists in a cook-off at the Red Lion in East Haddon in front of the pub’s Michelin-starred chef Adam Gray, Avery’s managing director John Strowbridge and its commercial director Ian Matthews in May.

Mr Burch said the care home involves residents in planning menus in a bid to make dining a social experience.

Mr Strowbridge said: “Paul Burch is a deserving winner. The standard in the competition was extremely high and I am sure Paul will agree that it was a tough process.”