CHEFS for a care provider in Dorset are set to put their culinary skills to the test in a bid to be crowned the company’s Chef of the Year.

Care South chefs in Weymouth and Dorchester are beginning to work on entries which will be served as part of a series of 1950s-style tea-themed activities for residents in the spring.

Those entering the competition recently attended a workshop at Athelhampton House in Dorchester to receive a few tips.

Judges are looking for menus that show imagination and a flair for flavour, whilst keeping within budget.

The six finalists chosen will be invited to compete in a cook-off where each chef will have to prepare the dish they have designed for tasting.

The award will be presented to the winning chef at Care South’s Stars Awards ceremony in June.

Richard Hawes, director of care services at Care South, said: “At Care South, we’re proud of the commitment and creativity of our talented in-house chefs who work so hard to prepare meals that residents will enjoy.

“The Chef of the Year competition is a great way to recognise their dedication and skill and we’re really looking forward to seeing what the chefs come up with.”