Veggie catering star shines in West Midlands

New Annual Award for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering won by Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall

A prestigious new care industry annual award has been won by Annika James, the Dining Services Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall in Wolverhampton.

The VfL Award for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering is for the individual who has responded creatively and enthusiastically to the challenge of catering for vegetarians in a care home setting. It will be presented to Ms James at the Sunrise community on Friday 23 September.

Receiving news of her success, Ms James said: “Thank you so much for thinking of me for this amazing award. I’m so appreciative and honoured – and a little shocked!”

Launched by the renowned charity, Vegetarian for Life, the Annual Award highlights the importance of catering well for older vegetarians. Vegetarian for Life’s 2014 survey suggests that around 6,500 older vegetarians and vegans live in care homes. With growing numbers of vegetarians being supported by the care sector, it is no surprise that news of the award, celebrating some unsung catering heroes, has been positively received by care organisations.

Diane Moreton, Chair of Vegetarian for Life, said: “It is a great pleasure to bestow VfL’s first Award for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering to Annika James. Annika impressed the judging panel with a varied and interesting set of menus, and a real commitment to providing tasty and well thought-out vegetarian meals for Sunrise’s residents. Attention is being paid to nutritional needs as well as appetising presentation. Congratulations from all of us at Vegetarian for Life.”

Sophie Murray, Head of Nutrition and Hydration at Sunrise Senior Living, said: “We are delighted at Sunrise that Anni’s creativity and dedication to providing exciting menu choices for all palates is being recognised – congratulations, Anni, and we look forward to your next creation!”

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