Chef Margaret has got the recipe for success

A care home chef who made her own recipe book after word spread across Scotland about her impressive cookery skills has won an award.

Margaret McFlynn, Chef Manager at Bupa’s Mugdock House care home in Bearsden, has scooped the highly sought-after ‘Chef of the Year’ title at Bupa’s annual awards, after being picked out of 300 nominations.

The tense Masterchef-style event is open to chefs from Bupa care homes across the UK and saw Margaret beat six chefs in the Scottish final, before being crowned champion at the overall final in Leeds.

Margaret, who has worked with Bupa for 17 years, took first place after wowing the judging panel with her Scottish-themed menu of haggis-stuffed chicken in whisky sauce, accompanied by a strawberry shortbread stack for dessert.

The menu had to be presented for both a normal and fork-mashable diet.

Margaret said: “Taking part in these awards was completely nerve-racking and quite tough emotionally.

“I love cooking and baking for everyone at Mugdock House, and we regularly run cookery sessions using my recipes - but this was something else entirely and the pressure was really on.

“I honestly never thought I’d come away with this title – my hands were shaking the whole way through!”

One of the key reasons for Margaret’s nomination to take part in the culinary challenge was her commitment to creating delicious recipes and baking sweet treats for residents and staff at Mugdock House which she makes from scratch every morning.

The residents’ favourite is her shortbread, which was her main influence for including this recipe in the event.

After being inundated with requests from other Bupa homes in Scotland for the tips behind her popular baked goods, Margaret developed an e-cook book, which includes recipes for cream scones, ginger biscuits, brandy baskets, lemon meringue and vanilla cheesecake. This is something she has shared with all the nearby homes.