Care home chef who’s found the right menu for pleasing residents is in running for major award

We’re delighted that Vicki Popple, a chef at our Woodcroft Care Home who prides herself on catering for individual tastes, has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Wales Care Awards.

In the seven years Vicki has been in charge of the kitchen at our Woodcroft home in Trowbridge, she has become well-known for being perceptive in the tastes and dietary requirements of over 90 people she prepares around 250 meals a day for, along with her dedicated team of five.

It is this dedication to her caring role that has landed 48 year old Vicki a place in the final of major national competition, the 2019 Wales Care Awards, in association with Care Forum Wales.

The glittering presentation ceremony will be held at City Hall in Cardiff on Friday 18 October, hosted by popular tenor and radio presenter Wynne Evans, better known as Gio Compario from the Go Compare TV ads.

Vicki, who lives with David, her husband of almost 30 years, is shortlisted for the Excellence in Catering Award. She said: “I love it here and I pride myself on the way my team and I go out of our way to cater for the individual requirement of everyone we prepare food for.

“I know them all individually and what they can or can’t have – halal or gluten free and so on – or just what they like eating. If a person is not able to eat a certain food then I’ll adapt the menu to ensure that they can.”

In her nomination for the Wales Care Awards, Woodcroft Manager, Elaine Mather said: “Vicki meets with all new clients to find out what food preferences and special dietary requirements they have.

“Vicki communicates well with everyone, asks them how they used to cook their meals at home and often takes tips from the ladies on how to improve a dish or what their favourite was, which results in us having very little food waste.”

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