Colten Care home chefs do battle for title of star baker

 The exceptional home chefs are a huge part of Colten Care’s success, as illustrated by exceptional bakes in fun competition!

Colten Care Chefs battle over star baker awardEighteen Chefs from Colten Care's homes, including Lymington and Sherborne, Chichester and Ferndown, were amongst those who accepted the challenge of creating an original and spectacular cake. The resulting confections - ranging from a Pumpkin and Pecan cake, to a Liverpool FC-themed sponge and even a chocolate and bacon cake, were exhibited and judged at Colten Care’s newest home, Bourne View in Poole.

Fergus Davitt, Colten hotel services manager said: “Everyone knows we have some exceptionally talented chefs, but to see all their amazing cakes taking centre stage filled us all with wonder and pride.”

He added: “Hours of thought, planning and preparation went into these cakes, and it certainly showed.”

Colten Care chefs battle over star baker awardThe panel of judges for the competition was headed by Allan Davison-Collier, Head of Curriculum for Hospitality and Visitor Economy at Brockenhurst College.

Allan said: “What a great display of skills and talent from the chefs at Colten Care! The colours, textures and mix of flavours was to rival Bake Off – great showstoppers all of them. It was great to be involved in such an innovative competition where the residents also played such an important part.”

Colten Care’s co-founder and director John Colwell and its Executive chairman Ian Hudson were also judges, along with four Colten Care residents Joyce, Liz, Myrtle and Patricia.

Colten care chefs battle over star baker awardJoyce said: “All the cakes looked lovely and all the chefs worked very hard.”

Liz agreed: “The cakes were wonderfully decorated. I especially liked the Bacon and Chocolate cake because it had a totally different flavour and was so unusual.”

Myrtle said: “It was really good fun to be part of the judging panel. But awfully difficult to choose from such a fabulous selection of cakes.”

Patricia added: “It was a wonderful event, so many cakes to choose from – and I particularly enjoyed the delicious Chocolate and Ginger Cake!”

Colten Care chefs battle over star baker awardAfter a great deal of tasting and much deliberation, the winner was announced as Hannah Clark, Chef at Colten Care’s Court Lodge in Lymington. Hannah created an autumn-inspired Pumpkin and Pecan cake decorated with handcrafted pumpkins, mushrooms, leaves and animals.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be named winner amongst so many fabulous cakes from so many talented chefs.”

Judge John Colwell said: “Our home chefs are a huge part of Colten Care’s success and we certainly weren’t disappointed by the cakes they produced. Some were unusual - such as the unique chocolate and bacon cake from Lorna Parsons here at Bourne View – but all were simply delicious and we congratulate every chef who took part.”

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. In the past year, Colten Care residents and team members have raised more than £30,000 for charity. 


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Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

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