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NHS 4 Nations Chef Challenge

25 Mar 2024
Live Theatre
The HCA NHS Chefs Showcase will form part of the HRC show based at the London Excel on 25th March 2024 where talented NHS chef teams of 2 are invited to showcase their catering skills. This event continues to be free to enter, but is controlled from each of the 4 nations as a restricted class, with those teams that have qualified through their own criteria and competition. Each regional event has been open to chefs paid directly through the NHS, or through it’s contracted catering provider who prepare staff, visitors and or patients meals. The teams will be scored according to the criteria below and awarded gold, silver, bronze medals by merit. Entering teams may benefit from and are permitted to engage with external mentors to ensure that they have the confidence and capability to represent the HCA. Below is a scoring sheet that demonstrates the team scoring system. Criteria Teams are to produce a three-course meal within a budget of £6 per head. One course MUST be plant based The starter may be served hot or cold. The main course must be served hot and be nutritionally balanced. The pudding must be fruit-based and served either hot or cold. (Note:  For the competition, you will need to produce 2 x portions of the three-course meal) All dishes may be presented artistically for the competition but must be adaptable for a standard NHS patient menu. (including use of crockery) Teams must demonstrate a consistently high level of hygienic working practice with consideration to sustainable procurement and food waste.

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