Course for care chefs
Anchor Homes, England’s biggest not-for-profit provider of care homes, is to launch the UK’s first catering course specifically designed for caterers working in the care industry. From March 31 Anchor Homes chefs will no longer take the Food Preparation NVQ but instead follow Anchor’s own course called Cater Craft. Anchor began developing the programme in October of 2005 in response to the need to train care chefs to cater for residents’ varying nutritional needs. Anchor recognised that although the Food Preparation NVQ assessed to a high standard of food preparation, it did not fully equip its chefs with the skills needed for care home catering. The new course will consist of 220 training hours. In contrast to the NVQ, which is part written and part practical, the Cater Craft course is entirely practical, providing a similar level of qualification to the NVQ but offering more specialised content. Assessors will grade the learners through observation of their cooking in each section of the course.