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Care Food Cooking Competition 2024

This Year's Highlights

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) invited caregivers as contestants for the first time in our Care Food Cooking Competition 2023, we bring the concept of Care Food into the community and integrate Care Food into daily life.  

This year, we have invited caregivers and foreign domestic helpers, with the theme of "Travel with Care Food", allowing caregivers and foreign domestic helpers to turn the favorite and unforgettable food of dysphagia individuals during their trip to Hong Kong or around the world into Care Food, in hope that people with dysphagia recalling the joyful moments they had during their journey. 

Hong Kong is a city of delicacies, where you can enjoy different cuisines in every district. However, people with dysphagia only have a few options for dining out. Through this competition, we hope to provide caregivers and foreign domestic helpers with a deeper understanding of Care Food-related knowledge so that people with dysphagia can have a taste of dishes of different styles. At the same time, promoting Care Food to the community, we envision people with dysphagia in various districts enjoying diverse delicacies from different places, so people from every district can enjoy delicious food. 

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Competition Process

Preliminary

Pre-competition activities

Final

Ceremony

Format

Date

Online Submission

Workshops

Pre-competition Practice

On-site competition

On-site award presentation

28th July, 2024

Submit on or before 5 p.m.

17th August, 2024 & 7th September, 2024

21st September, 2024

19th October, 2024

23rd November, 2024

Preliminary selection

Theme

  • Travel with Care Food

  • If your family member has dysphagia, they may not be able to enjoy the delicacies they loved while traveling in the past.  

  • This competition aims to turn the foods that loved ones at home when travelling overseas or locally into Care Food so that they can regain the taste of delicious food and relive the memories of that time.

Items

Description

Eligibility

  • Caregivers

  • Foreign Domestic Helpers

Dish Requirements

  • Turn a dish that the dysphagia individuals like during their trip into Care Food; there is no limit to the cooking method. 

Submission Method

Deadline of Application

  • 28th July, 2024 (Sunday) at 5:00 p.m.

Finalist Notification

  • The list of finalists will be announced on 6th August, 2024 (Tuesday). The finalists will be notified separately and will receive an additional HK$3,800 subsidy for preparing the final. (The subsidy will be distributed in two phases, and only those who have successfully completed the Final and Award Ceremony will be eligible for the full subsidy.)

Activity Document:

Guideline of Care Food Standard:

The first 30 successful contestants will receive a HK$100 supermarket voucher

Remark: Successful contestants must complete and submit the required information in the application form, subject to the receipt of confirmation email from the organiser.

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Pre-competition activities

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Items

Care Food and Dysphagia Workshops

Workshop 1

  • Planned to be held on 17th August, 2024. (The actual time and location will be notified separately)  

  • The duration is around 3 hours.

  • For shortlisted candidates only.

  • Session 1 

  • Speech therapist shares knowledge about dysphagia, Guideline of Care Food Standard and caring skills.

  • Chef demonstrates and guides Care Food cooking techniques. 

  • Session 2 

  • Each shortlisted candidate will be paired and cooperate with a student from the Vocational Training Council (VTC). VTC students will help improve the competition dish and platting, assist candidates in dish preparation, and work with them in the final.  

  • Candidates and VTC students can get to know each other and share cooking experiences.

Workshop 2

  • Planned to be held in the afternoon on 7th September, 2024. (The actual time and location will be notified separately)

  • The duration is around 2 hours.

  • Session 1 (Workshop)

  • Tips sharing from experts on Care Food nutrition.

  • Session 2 (Interact with Public)

  • Shortlisted candidates will display their entries to let the public understand their entries and encourage the shortlisted candidates.

Pre-competition Practice

  • Planned to be held on 21st September, 2024 . (The actual time and location will be notified separately)  

  • The shortlisted candidates will try to cook the competition dish together with VTC students and will be guided by professionals. 

  • Shortlisted candidates have to be interviewed and shoot a short video on that day for public voting.

Description

Final

Items

Competition Time and Venue

  • Date: 19th October, 2024 (Saturday)

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (tentative)

  • Venue: The International Culinary Institute (143 Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong)

Description

Rules of Competition

  • Finalists are required to cook Care Food dishes on-site within the designated time (about 30 minutes), and they will have extra 1-2 minutes to introduce their work.   

  • Finalists need to prepare their own cooking materials and utensils. Only basic cooking utensils and water will be provided. 

  • Finalists can prepare and proceed some time-consuming ingredients before the competition, in order to complete the dishes within the specified time.  

  • Finalists should use the recipe submitted during the selection process. However, finalists can adjust the ingredients, portions, and cooking methods according to the dish requirements after the pre-competition preparation activities. 

  • All finalists will be invited to the Care Food Cooking Competition Award Ceremony in November when they will also be presented with trophies. They also have to prepare the dish they prepared in competition for display and introduction.

Dish Requirements

  • Finalists are required to cook shortlisted dishes and comply with the Guideline of Care Food Standard.

  • The dish needs to meet one of the following levels in the Guideline of Care Food Standard:

- Level 4 (Pureed)

- Level 5 (Minced & Moist)

- Level 6 (Soft & Bite-sized) 

- Level 7EC (Easy to Chew)

Remark: The Guideline of Care Food Standard will be taught during pre-competition activities. 

Award Ceremony

Items

Date and Venue

  • Date: 23rd November, 2024 (Saturday)

  • Time: To be announced

  • Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Description

Content

  • All finalists will be invited to the Care Food Cooking Competition Award Ceremony in November when they will also be presented with trophies. They also have to prepare the dish they prepared in competition for display and introduction.

Competition Awards

Awards and Prizes

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Care Food Home Chef

Each awardee will receive prizes with a total value of HK$1,200.

"Delightful Food" Award (1 winner)* 

"Joy" Award (1 winner)* 

"Connections" Award (1 winner)* 

"Compassion" Award (1 winner)* 

Each awardee will receive prizes with a total value of HK$800 each. 

The Most Liked Award (1 winner)

Awardee will receive prizes with a total value of HK$800.

The Most Nutritious Award (1 winner)*

Awardee will receive prizes with a total value of HK$800.

*In order to encourage participants to take part in the competition, various prizes will be awarded. With the exception of the Care Food Home Chef Award and the Most Liked Award, winners of all other awards will not be eligible for duplicate awards.

Strategic Partners and Sponsors

Kerry Group

ZeShan Foundation

China Merchants Foundation

Organizer

Strategic Partnership and Sponsorship

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