A KIDDERMINSTER care home is celebrating after it was announced that their chef had reached the finals of a national competition.

David Burfoot, head chef at Brook Court, in Oldnall Road, competed against the culinary talents of chefs from around the country to be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of chef of the year in Care UK's national competition.

To secure his place as a finalist, David was challenged to prepare a two-course lunch in 90 minutes, ensuring that the menu would appeal to residents and stayed within the budget set by the judges.

For the first course, he cooked roasted pork fillet with thyme potato rosti, asparagus tips, baby carrots and tender steam broccoli, with an apple and cinnamon balsamic glaze. For dessert, David served a traditional summer pudding with Chantilly cream and a passion fruit coulis.

The dishes were then presented to a panel of four judges, which included two residents, who scored each dish based on the presentation, nutrition, use of products, taste and texture.

After being named one of the four finalists, David said: "I am thrilled to have made it to the final rounds of this national competition.

"The level of skill and creativity from the other chefs was really high, but I was confident that my cooking would be received well by the judges, as they are dishes that the residents at Brook Court always look forward to.

"I love to play around with flavours from around the globe and try out combinations that many of the residents enjoy sampling. The final round will present a great opportunity to try out some new recipes, some of which we will hopefully add to the menu at Brook Court."

Joanne Gill, Brook Court home manager, added: "The chef of the year competition is a brilliant opportunity for the chefs at Care UK to showcase their skills and expertise.

"Everyone here at the home is thrilled that David's talent for creating meals that both look and taste delicious has been recognised.

"We all have our fingers crossed that he will be just as successful in the final heat.

The finals will take place later this month.