21st Jan, 2022

Coventry care home chef makes it through to national final

A CHEF at Anchor’s Godiva Lodge care home in Heath Crescent in Coventry has triumphed at the West Midlands Regional Finals of the Great British Care Awards 2021, which recognise excellence across the care sector.

Lorraine Ashby was named Care Home Chef of the Year award in the West Midlands regional final ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham.

The Great British Care Awards pay tribute to individuals who have gone the extra mile to help improve the lives of residents within their care.

Judges concluded Lorraine demonstrated clear vision, passion, and dedication to the residents she catered for and worked well with her colleagues at Anchor’s Godiva Lodge care home.

Another colleague, Alison Bentley, won the regional Workforce Development Award for her work across all of Anchor’s care homes and retirement properties in the West Midlands.

Having won her regional award, Lorraine will go on to represent the whole of the West Midlands in the Care Home Chef category in the National Finals in March 2022.

Vicki Medlock, Godiva Lodge care home manager, said it was a wonderful achievement and the recognition her wonderful cooking deserved.

She added she was a delight to work with, loved by residents and was a credit to everyone at Gociva Lodge.

“She really does live up to Anchor’s principles of accountability, respect, courage and honesty.”

Lorraine was overjoyed and delighted to have won the regional final.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet – it was wonderful just to be nominated but I’m really honoured to have won regional Care Home Chef of the Year.

“Thank you to everyone who nominated and supported me and congratulations to all the other regional finalists as well.

“Roll on the national finals in March – I hope I do Anchor’s Godiva Lodge care home proud and bring back a national award to the West Midlands.”

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