Ashfields Care Home Chef is ‘Vegetarian for Life Care Catering’ Award Winner
Barchester Careers

Call us to discuss your next role

Ashfields Care Home Chef is ‘Vegetarian for Life Care Catering’ Award Winner

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Ashfields Care Home in Rackheath are overjoyed because one of their talented chefs, Tom Waters, has won a Vegetarian for Life Care Catering Award.  Tom’s delicious recipe for ‘Chickpea Tuna’, his take on Tuna Mayonnaise, which confusingly has no tuna but does have chickpeas, mayo, spring onion, lemon juice, cider vinegar, sweetcorn and seaweed, won the Most Innovative Dish category.

This year marked the sixth Vegetarian for Life Awards for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering. With more vegans and vegetarians moving into residential care every year, this annual award recognises those who are pioneering the way in modern care catering.

Tom has been a chef in the care sector for five years, he joined Ashfields in 2017.  Prior to that he worked as a Kitchen Assistant at another Barchester care home, Woodside House in Norwich.  Tom has been veggie for six years and vegan for four, he loves to experiment with different ways to make veggie alternatives to classic dishes for his residents.

Tom comments: “I absolutely love my job, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than seeing our residents eating well and enjoying their food, it really is the best feeling in the world to know your meals are so appreciated.  It’s what motivates me, I can’t think of anything more worthwhile.”

General Manager of Ashfields, Wendell Damasco, says: “We couldn’t be prouder of Tom, he has done so well to win this award.  He cares so much about putting together wonderful meals for our residents, we’re just so happy to see all his hard work recognised.”

Vegetarian for Life’s CEO, Amanda Woodvine, comments: “Well done to Tom Waters, our winner of ‘Most Innovative Veggie Dish’. We were impressed by his use of simple ingredients to create this tasty dish offering more choice to veggie and vegan residents”.


About Barchester

We’re proud to have over 240 care homes and six independent hospitals nationwide, that continually meet and exceed all relevant regulatory compliance standards. Join one of our fantastic teams and you’ll make sure our residents and patients get the outstanding quality of care, support, services and facilities they deserve.


Careers at Barchester

When you join the Barchester family, we don’t just want you to feel valued, we want you to truly love what you do. With so many career paths and learning and development opportunities available, discover the crucial part you could soon be playing in the teams that keep our homes and hospitals thriving.


Equal Opportunities

We recognise and celebrate difference and pride ourselves on creating an inclusive environment for all. Whoever you are, we want you to be yourself, always. This enables greater diversity across the entire organisation for the benefit of our workforce and also the people we celebrate life with in our homes and hospitals. Barchester is proud to be an equal opportunities organisation.