Entries open for the NACC Awards 2022

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has launched the NACC Awards 2022.
The prestigious awards recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation, dedication and outstanding contributions within the care catering sector.

Everyone working in or associated with the care catering is encouraged to enter and shine a light on the teams and individuals that go above and beyond to deliver exceptional service every day – from care homes, Meals on Wheels services and Lunch Clubs to suppliers to the sector.

The NACC Awards 2022 are officially open for entries with the deadline of Friday 15 July 2022.

2022 sees the introduction of The Bev Puxley Award in memory of Bev Puxley, who sadly passed earlier this year. As well as an accomplished and celebrated chef, Bev was a longstanding friend, supporter and champion of the NACC and care catering, and the esteemed NACC Awards head judge for more than 15 years.

The Bev Puxley Award, sponsored by Worshipful Company of Cooks of which Bev was a past master, will be presented to a care chef who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of care catering within their workplace – reflecting the great influence and legacy of Bev himself.

The NACC Awards 2022 categories open for nominations include:
• Care Establishment of the Year Award, sponsored by Hobart UK
• Meals on Wheels Award, sponsored by apetito
• Catering Team of the Year Award, sponsored by e-f group
• Catering Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
• Our Care Catering Hero Award, sponsored by Bullseye Food Packaging
• NEW The Bev Puxley Award, sponsored by Worshipful Company of Cooks

The shortlisted finalists will be revealed in August, with the overall winners announced at a special gala awards dinner on 6th October 2022, which is part of the NACC Training & Development Forum held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

In addition to the six categories open for nominations, the recipients of the coveted NACC Region of the Year Award, sponsored by Meiko, the Pam Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Anglia Crown, and the NACC National Chair’s Award will also be honoured.

Sue Cawthray, National Chair of the NACC, said, “The launch of the NACC Awards is always an exciting moment. Across the country people in care catering work innovatively and tirelessly to deliver excellence and enhance the quality of the lives of the people they support, and it’s important that we recognise and celebrate their inspirational work.

“The introduction of the Bev Puxley Award, whilst a sad addition to the award categories, is also a very meaningful one. Bev really understood the value of good food and nutrition and the importance of providing access to first class catering in care settings. He was a true champion of our sector and association.

'His dedication to our work, including head judge of both the NACC Awards and the NACC Care Chef of the Year competition, has helped raise awareness of care catering. This is a most fitting tribute to an incredible chef that has made a lasting, positive impact on our sector.

“I know for a fact that we have many examples of outstanding contributions within our sector. I encourage all our members to enter the NACC Awards 2022 and give the amazing care catering teams and individuals the recognition they deserve. I can’t wait to read all the inspiring and humbling entries.”