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Care Food Cooking Competition 2021

This Year's Highlights

  • Mentor-Apprentice Pairing: In this year's competition, a mentor-apprentice system was introduced for the first time. In-service chefs and apprentices were paired to form teams for the competition, aiming to achieve culinary heritage and mutual learning.

  • Rising Star Programme: Designed for a group of apprentices, this training programme offers a series of online and in-person workshops that combine practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Its goal is to enhance the professional skills of apprentices, boost their employability, and prepare them to tackle the challenges posed by societal ageing issues.






Competition Process


Online submission

Workshops and Hands-On Practice

On-site competition

On-site award presentation


Event Documents:

We provided various workshops and experiential activities for all the shortlisted chefs and apprentices, aiming to help them understand the cooking techniques and classification levels of Care Food. Additionally, we arranged mentor-apprentice learning sessions to foster mutual understanding and growth between participants and their mentors throughout the competition. The details are as follows:

Preparations Before the Competition



Briefing session and online workshop

  • Introduction to dysphagia, Care Food categories and guidelines, and techniques on how to feed and communicate with the elderly.

  • Conducted in an online format (Zoom)

Care Food cooking workshop and interactive day with the elderly

  • Featuring Sweet Stories founder Amy Cheng as a star speaker.

  • On-site demonstration of cooking 2 Care Food dishes.

  • Learning about IDDSI hardness testing and tasting.

  • Interaction activities with the elderly from care facilities: sauce doodling activity - recalling "tangible" memories.

Mentor-apprentice interaction activity (part 1)

Mentor-apprentice pairing and Care Food cooking and level categories workshop

  • Dr. Thomas Law, Assistant Director, Institute of Human Communicative Research, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Sweet Stories Founder Amy Cheng were invited to share a series of Care Food-related basic theories, level testing techniques, cooking tips, etc.

  • Mentor-apprentice interaction time.

Mentor-apprentice interaction activity (part 2)

Mentor-apprentice learning sessions and assisting finalist chefs in preparation for the competition

  • Arranged by participants' affiliated organisations, providing at least 2 or more mentor-apprentice service experiences or internships, with each internship experience lasting no less than 2 hours.

  • Locations can be in elderly care facilities, day centres, outreach event venues, etc.

Mentor-apprentice interaction activity (part 3)

Final Pre-Competition Assembly

  • Introducing the process of the final, points to note, and exchange and discussion on final arrangements for shortlisted chefs and apprentices.

Event Highlights:

Promotional Video

Star Judges

Sector Judges

Mr. Chua Hoi Wai

Chief Executive, Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) (Final)


Ms. Irene Ho

Principal, Hotel and Tourism Institute, Chinese Culinary Institute, and International Culinary Institute (Final)

Mr. Michael Lam

Michael the "God of Eating"/food programme host/food columnist for magazines

Professor Li Kam Fai

Professor, National Cantonese Cuisine Chef Institute (preliminary selection and final)

Mr. Yau Sui Cheong

Sha Tin Lung Wah Hotel culinary consultant/Chinese cuisine sector/qualification framework assessor (preliminary selection and final)


Care Food

Professional Judges

Dr. Karen Chan

Director, Swallowing Research Laboratory, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (final)

Dr. Thomas Law

Assistant Director, Institute of Human Communicative Research, Chinese University of Hong Kong (final)

Awards and Prizes


"Rising Star" Award (multiple winner)

Each recipient will receive a trophy and supermarket and social enterprise vouchers (total value of HK$1,000).

"Gourmet" Commendation (1 winner)

"Joy" Commendation (1 winner)

"Connections" Commendation (1 winner)

"Compassion" Commendation (1 winner)

Each recipient will receive an award certificate, cooking appliance or kitchen utensil (total value of HK$800).

Competition Awards

Public Choice Award (1 winner)

Recipient will receive a certificate and HKCSS Gift Voucher (total value of HK$800).

Award List

"Rising Star" Award (organisation names are listed in alphabetical order)

  • Caritas Fu Heng Home

  • Caritas Fung Wong Fung Ting Home

  • Caritas Lai Kok Home

  • Fu Hong Society Rehabilitation Centre

  • Haven of Hope Hospital Staff Canteen

  • Ho Yam Care and Attention Home for the Elderly (sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

  • Po Leung Kuk Kwok Law Kwai Chun Home for the Elderly

  • Po Leung Kuk Tung Chung Home for the Elderly

"Gourmet" Commendation

  • Ho Yam Care and Attention Home for the Elderly (sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

"Joy" Commendation

  • Caritas Fu Heng Home

"Connections" Commendation

  • Po Leung Kuk Tung Chung Home for the Elderly

"Compassion" Commendation

  • Caritas Fung Wong Fung Ting Home

Public Choice Award

  • Haven of Hope Hospital Staff Canteen

Strategic Partnership and Sponsorship


Kerry Group

China Merchants Foundation


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Strategic Partnership and Sponsorship

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