Chorleywood Beaumont head chef, Callum Stoneham, has won the ‘Best Chef’ category at the 2019 National Care Awards.
Callum, who featured in last month’s issue of Chorleywood News for winning the ‘Best Care Chef’ for the London region, has been described as a “deserving winner” for the national award.
The 29-year-old has said he is overwhelmed and proud of what he has done.
Speaking to My News, Callum said: “I am very proud of what I have done, it’s a big achievement and is massive for my portfolio. It is even sweeter because I love my job.
“I do these things for the love of my job and for the residents we care for at Beaumont. In a way, I feel like I don’t deserve it as I was just doing my job, but it’s a great achievement.”
Callum stood out more than the other candidates for his willingness to go the extra mile for the residents.
Callum brought a family wedding in Scotland to Chorleywood Beaumont because Pam, who is 90 years-old and is a resident of the home, couldn’t attend her grandsons wedding which she was distraught about.
This prompted Callum to get in contact with the family and organised a surprise ‘Chorleywood Beaumont Wedding’ which Pam was eternally grateful for.
Another example of his passion for the job was his efforts to fulfil a residents dying wish.
One of the homes oldest residents had mentioned he really wanted to eat lobster before he died and that it was one of his main wishes.
Callum explained: “Once I heard about this, I wanted to make it happen so I did. I ordered it in and he loved every minute of it. I went a little over budget but I don’t care, I would do it again.”
A statement by the care home congratulating Callum read: “We are delighted to announce that Callum Stoneham has won the ‘Best Chef’ category at the National Care Awards! Callum goes above and beyond in his role, and we can’t thank him enough for everything he does for us here at Chorleywood Beaumont.
“Congratulations Callum – we couldn’t have thought of a more deserving winner.”
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