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Peckham care home chef wins food award

A Peckham care home chef has triumphed in the ‘care home chef of the year’ competition.

Joan Richards, from Anchor’s Waterside’s care home in Summer Road, was announced the winner of the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ in the Anchor Hanover Chef of the Year competition.

Voted for by care home staff across the country, entrants were judged on their inventiveness in the kitchen and engagement with residents.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” Joan said of the accolade.

“I saw a lot of the entries and honestly, they all looked wonderful. 

“I’m astonished that I even placed among the finalists, let alone getting an award.

“I’ve always prided myself on working with my residents when it comes to my menus so a lot of the credit should also go to them.

“It was a bit strange entering a catering competition and not actually being able to serve any food to the judges, but it was a fun experience and I’m happy people liked the look of my cooking at the very least.”

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