Your shortlist

Are you happy to accept "Functional" cookies?

We use a cookie for this feature.  This is so that the feature continues to work as you navigate the website and to save it so it's still available when you return.

Save your shortlisted homes here.

As you search for a care home, add your shortlisted homes here by clicking the heart icon. You'll find all your choices here for ease of reference.

Find homes

Leamington Spa chef scoops national award

Home news

A local care home is celebrating after a team member was awarded a national accolade. 

Nikolina Dimitrova, a chef at Priors House care home has won Care UK’s Chef of the Year competition after competing against three other chefs from Care UK homes.   

Nikolina, known to residents and the team as Nina, scooped the award after judges recognised her personalised approach to the food she prepares, tailoring dishes to residents’ personal tastes and dietary requirements. Nina moved to the UK eight years ago and has been working in the culinary sector ever since, joining Priors House in 2014. 

Care UK’s Chef of the Year competition is held annually and recognises the best culinary talent in more than 100 Care UK homes around the country. 

The four chefs took part in a ‘cook off’ at Unilever’s professional kitchens in Leatherhead, Surrey. Nina’s winning dishes included Asian marinated cod loins with squash puree and sauté vegetables, and a chocolate pavé with caramel brittle. 

Francine Summers, home manager at Priors House, said: “The Chef of the Year competition is a brilliant opportunity for the chefs at Care UK to show their talent and expertise. We’re delighted that Nina’s cookery skills have been recognised, and know that she will continue to impress residents with her culinary panache.” 

Nina said: “I am thrilled to have won Care UK’s Chef of the Year competition. The level of skill and creativity from the other chefs was really high. I’m really pleased to have been recognised for my ability to create food residents enjoy, and for the high standard of cooking on offer at Priors House. 

“I thoroughly enjoy my job and find it very rewarding, particularly when residents with smaller appetites enjoy the meals I prepare.” 

Open to new residents

Old Milverton Lane, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6RW

Priors House

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

Share this article

Media enquiries

We are happy to arrange interviews with a range of experts, commentary on industry issues and site visits for filming, photography or sound recording.  Please get in touch with your requirements and we will do our best to arrange a suitable response.

These contact details are for media enquiries only.
Please call 01206 517 215 or email