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Halstead chef cooks up a storm in national competition

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Colne View care home is celebrating after it was announced that a team member has reached the semi-finals of Care UK’s Chef of the Year competition.

Dan Rosu, chef at Colne View, competed against the culinary talents of chefs from around the country to secure his place in the second round of the competition. 

Round one saw Dan challenged to prepare a two-course lunch in 90 minutes, while ensuring that the menu was seasonal and already a favourite with residents.  

Dan prepared a main course of chicken tarragon and a dessert of sticky toffee pudding. The meal was tasted by four judges including a regional director, a hotel services manager and two residents, and judged on originality, presentation, taste, nutrition and menu design. 

Commenting on his success in round one, Dan said: “I’m thrilled to have made it to the semi-finals. The level of skill and creativity from the other chefs was really high, but I was confident that the dishes I cooked would be received well by the judges because they are always enjoyed by the residents at Colne View.” 

David Martins, customer relations manager at Colne View, said: “The Chef of the Year competition is a brilliant opportunity for the chefs at Care UK to show their talent and expertise. It’s great that Dan’s cookery skills have been recognised and we are all eagerly awaiting the semi-finals where I’m sure he will see further success.” 

The semi-finals, which will take place in September, will see 12 chefs compete for just four places in the final of Care UK’s Chef of the Year.  

Situated on Dame Mary Walk, Colne View is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.  Designed to enable its residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hairdressers, and there is plenty of space both indoors and out for relaxation and recreation.

For more information on Colne View, please call customer relations manager, David Martins, on 0333 434 3019 or email  

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Dame Mary Walk, Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2FF

Colne View

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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