A CARE home has triumphed in a national competition to find the best Burns supper menu – thanks to its chef, who is a native Scot.

Kyle Long, who heads up the kitchen at Chilton Care Centre, in Chilton, won second place in the competition run by E Foods, an online supplier to care homes across the UK.

His menu included ‘cullen skink’, a soup made from smoked haddock poached in milk with potatoes and spring onion followed by “haggis, neeps and tatties” fortified with Scotch whisky. Pudding was “clootie dumplings” – a suet based dish with sultanas.

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The 37-year-old has worked at Chilton Care Centre for five years and leads a team of five kitchen staff, serving up to 40 people a day.

He said: “I’m very happy, I did put on an alternative of mince and dumplings for those who didn’t fancy haggis but most of the 36 residents eating that night tried the Scottish fare and loved it.”

Home manager Linda Fitzgerald added: “We’re delighted to have won second place and we are very proud of our chef, Kyle.”