The grand finale of the annual East Ayrshire Come Dine with Me competition was held at Cumnock town hall recently.
More than 80 tenants from supported accommodation units across East Ayrshire gathered for the premier of a special film which featured all the Come Dine with Me team heats.
Earlier in the year each supported accommodation unit planned, hosted and entertained tenants from other units serving them a delicious two course meal. Tenants, volunteers and staff worked together on each meal and their dinner guests then scored the overall dining experience.
Each heat was filmed and the footage was edited into a short film by Stewarton Academy pupil Euan Gallacher.
The film provided laughs and quite a few gasps especially as the comments and scores were revealed.
The competition ended in a tie with Rowantree Court in Drongan and Garven Court in Kilmarnock taking joint first place.
The Rowantree Court team received high marks for serving traditional roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potato and vegetables followed by lemon cheesecake. Entertainment on the day was provided by acrobatic dancer Payton Malone.
While Garven Court’s team went with a summer theme serving peach cooler, Coronation Chicken, roasted vegetable cous cous and salad, followed by strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sauce and strawberry ice cream. Entertainment was provided by local guitarist and singer Matthew Corcoran.
Councillor Kathy Morrice, Cabinet Member for Older People attended the grand finale. She said: “Last year Vibrant Communities and the Council’s Facilities Management team organised a ‘Come dine wae me’ competition as part our local BIG lunch celebrations.
“The competition was a roaring success and we just had to run it again this year. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the two winners will now be treated to a wonderful two course lunch made by Chris Walker from Facilities Management.
“Events like this are an excellent way to engage with older people. Many older people experience terrible loneliness and feel isolated within their own communities.
“In East Ayrshire we are ensuring that older people are keeping active, both physically and mentally, and most importantly are having fun in the process.”
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