Serving up stiff competition

Highgate residents Olive Spence and Anne Kerr enjoyed an early Christmas dinner on day three of the care home culinary challenge
Highgate residents Olive Spence and Anne Kerr enjoyed an early Christmas dinner on day three of the care home culinary challenge

Three care homes served up a dish of stiff competition as they staged their own version of Come Dine With Me.

Highgate and Rosepark in Viewpark and Hatton Lea in Bellshill went head to head in the culinary challenge, with each home hosting a themed lunch over a three-day period.

Two residents from each home attended each day and, as is done in the Channel Four programme, they scored each meal at the end of the day.

Highgate kicked off the event with a British Butlins-style lunch, treating residents to fish and chips and afternoon tea, and welcoming a guitar player who provided sing-along entertainment.

Day two saw Rosepark bring a Scottish-themed lunch to its guests, complete with favourites such as haggis, neeps and tatties, steak pie and Ceilidh dancing.

The event concluded with a Christmas fayre at Hatton Lea, featuring lentil soup, a chicken dinner and sherry trifle.

At the end of the challenge, Highgate and Hatton Lea came joint first, sharing a £20 voucher for dinner at The Windmill Tavern in Tannochside and a two-course meal for two at the Bizzare Bar in Strathclyde Park.

Rosepark received a bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine.

Highgate home manager Michelle Ferrey, who came up with the idea said: “The residents and staff had a great time over the three days - it was lovely to see the enthusiasm and competitiveness that the cooking challenge brought out in everyone involved.”