Community spirited care home chef is finalist at Dundee’s Champion awards

Published

26th August 2020

A kind-hearted chef from Balhousie Care Group has been shortlisted for a special award for his outstanding work to help others.

Daniel Inglis, head chef at Balhousie St Ronans care home in Dundee, is a finalist in the ‘Key Worker’ category at the Evening Telegraph Dundee’s Champion Awards.

Since joining the vibrant Dundee care home in 2011, Daniel’s passion for his work and up-skilling his team has made him an inspirational member of the St Ronans family.

In the wider community, Daniel has been helping young people to build essential life skills. Earlier this year, he began a series of cookery classes with a group of young people from Swiis Foster Care in Dundee, covering everything from cooking their favourite dishes to budgeting and CV writing.

Hosting the weekly sessions in the kitchens at St Ronans, Daniel didn’t let the lockdown stop him finding a way to continue helping those young people, coming up with a solution that enabled the sessions to continue to run virtually via Skype.

One of the young people from Swiis Foster Care who was struggling at school is now working in the kitchen with Daniel with plans for a career in hospitality.

Known for going the extra mile for others, Daniel also led the preparation of food for the homeless and vulnerable in Dundee with charity Social Bite making 800 sandwiches a week for distribution to food banks across the city. On his days off, he personally visited the food banks to ensure they got everything they needed.

Denise McCorkindale, Manager at Balhousie St Ronans care home, said:

“It is no surprise to me that Daniel has been recognised for the Dundee’s Champion Awards. He always goes that extra mile in everything he does. He’s just that kind of person – passionate, compassionate and caring. He’s a real asset to the Dundee community as someone who goes over and above to give back to the city.”

Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer at Balhousie Care Group, added:

“At Balhousie we call our staff ‘Everyday Heroes’ and Daniel is an outstanding example of this. His commitment to helping others is inspirational and we are delighted to see him recognised by his home city. Congratulations, Daniel and good luck for the final!”

The winners will be announced in an online final, hosted by Evening Telegraph columnist and BBC Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martel Maxwell, on September 25, 2020.

For more information about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk 

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