Essential Cuisine to shake up sector with new innovative care guide

Essential Cuisine has joined forces with HB Ingredients to create an innovative new care guide, that is set to revolutionise the way care chefs approach both menu planning and recipe creation.

As Nutrition and Hydration Week 2020 begins, the new guide unites the joint expertise of the two manufacturers and features a new and unique range of time-saving products and recipes aimed specifically at care chefs and the varied dietary needs of residents.

Chefs can download the new guide now at

With the face of care catering already undergoing a sea change in recent times, Essential Cuisine and HB Ingredients have called upon the recipe expertise of not one but three development chefs to further build on its growing reputation.

Essential Cuisine Business Development Chef, Robin Dudley is joined by HB Ingredients’ Sam Rain and chef director of Oak House Residential Home, Preston Walker, to create a highly experienced brigade. Each has contributed a wealth of recipes, hints, tips and techniques to the guide, which also has forewords from both Chloe Hall, Community Dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association and Neel Radia, National Chair of the National Association of Care Catering.

Including highly useful information on catering for dementia, dysphasia, fortification and the importance of hydration, the innovative new guide seeks to match recipe ideas that address each of these sector challenges.

Recipes such as: ‘Mango sponge with clotted custard, served with a passion fruit emulsion and mango caviar’, ‘Posh prawn sandwich’ and ‘Gold profiteroles’ aim to bring care menus to life while still helping chefs face the practicalities of their roles.

Dudley said, “Driven by a raft of innovative thinking from chefs, nutritionists and key associations, care catering has undergone a real facelift in modern times – it’s no longer about stodgy puddings and wilted veg; this is highly nuanced sector where both nutrition and food’s visual appeal are key.

'The new guide brings our dual vision for the sector to life and we’re delighted to be working with HB Ingredients to support working kitchens and the incredible chefs that work in the sector.”