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Harrow residents encouraged to share their favourite Grandparent recipes

A local retirement development in Harrow is searching for the nation’s favourite family recipes, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa.

The competition at McCarthy Stone’s Randolph House Retirement Living Plus development in Harrow has been initiated to highlight the exceptional culinary expertise of their team and to celebrate their ability to enhance flavors in every dish.

In today’s challenging times, grandparents and great-grandparents are stepping into various roles within families. With the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, parents, particularly in London, are facing ongoing financial stress, leading 53% of them to take on extra hours or additional work to meet their needs.

According to McCarthy Stone’s recent study, over one-third (35%) of grandparents and great-grandparents in London are relied upon to prepare evening meals for their families regularly. This indicates that gatherings centred around food at Grandma and Grandpa’s house are no longer limited to just weekends; they have become a regular occurrence.

The team at Randolph House is calling on Harrow to nominate their grandparent or great grandparent along with their go-to recipe or favourite meal to cook the family. They should include a bit about the current family-favourite dish, what makes it unique and any fond memories or traditions it evokes.

To judge the competition, the talented chef who runs the bistro at Randolph House will choose the winning recipe. The winner will not only be awarded a luxury Fortnum & Mason hamper, but they will also be invited into the development for a free lunch to sample the delicious menu on offer at Randolph House.

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Those who wish to submit an entry should email mccarthyandstone@mccann.com with ‘Randolph House grandparent’s recipe’ as the subject, and include their grandparent’s name and current trademark recipe, the inspiration or story behind the dish (if applicable), and why it deserves to win by 23:59 on 29th October 2023.

For every recipe submitted, McCarthy Stone will also donate £5 to the McCarthy Stone Foundation, the registered charity of the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, which provides financial grants and resources to local projects which play a vital role in the community.

Sam Watkins, Divisional Sales Director at McCarthy Stone, said: “Being a grandparent or great grandparent is an incredibly important role, and with everything they do for the whole family, it’s only fitting that we do something special to celebrate them back.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our competition – it is the perfect opportunity to give thanks and show our appreciation for the superb grandparents in our lives. We’re very much looking forward to hearing about the diverse mix of recipes that families have been enjoying in their homes for years – the more hearty, unique, or nostalgic, the better!”

Randolph House provides independent living with support options, including a bistro serving seasonal meals. The facility offers communal spaces, gardens, a guest suite, and 24/7 security features. An on-site team provides tailored domestic support, ensuring residents’ peace of mind.