Sodexo pulled out all the stops


Time 80 days ago Comments 0 comments

Sodexo people pulled out all the stops for this year’s Salon Culinaire at Ascot Racecourse, making it one of the best events yet. We’ll be bringing you competitor stories, all the pictures and some great videos in the coming days. Check back soon!

To kick things off, here are some of the headline highlights:

  • Phil Clark (pictured above with Sean Haley and David Mulcahy) second chef at Sodexo’s Allenby and Connaught, Warminster Garrison contract, won Best in Show.
  • Corporate Services chef Istvan Jones, based at Sodexo’s Santander contract, was named Apprentice Chef of the Year.
  • Veronica Palacios from Sodexo’s Dublin General Post Office contract won the National Barista Challenge.
  • Live chef demonstrations included celebrity chefs Adam Handling of The Frog E1 and James Tanner of the Kentish Hare, and the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Young Chef of the Year, Ruth Hansom.
  • The culinary team challenge, where seven teams of three chefs prepare each part of a seven-course meal, was won by the Independents by Sodexo team for their dessert course.
  • In addition to 700 competitors taking part in a range of live and static classes, more than 100 suppliers including Graze and Joe & Seph’s popcorn exhibited at the event.

What they said…

Salon Culinaire proves Sodexo does food in abundance and everyone here has excelled. We're very lucky to have some of the best talent in the industry. Food is at our heart. We're passionate about it and our food continues to delight our customers.”

Sean Haley, Sodexo UK & Ireland regional chair

Well done to Phil, Istvan, Veronica and all the competitors who took part. Salon Culinaire is an annual celebration of food excellence and craft development and shows Sodexo is a great place to build your career as a chef with plenty of training and development opportunities. A huge thank you goes to the suppliers, celebrity chefs, industry judges, competitors, visitors and sponsors.”

David Mulcahy, Sodexo UK & Ireland food innovation director


Share this story About sharing

Send to Kindle


Mathew Shipley wins Sodexo’s Street Food Challenge

Mathew Shipley wins Sodexo’s Street Food Challenge

Nine Sodexo chefs took part in a street food showdown to find out who could create the tastiest and trendiest main course and desserts.

At the FSM Awards in London, Marie Arthur won area manager of the year, Linzi Purves won the sports, leisure and event catering award and Fleur Robilliard won the people development award.


Three Sodexo employees won their categories in one of hospitality’s most prestigious awards ceremonies.



Sodexo has announced an agreement to acquire Centerplate into the Sports & Leisure global segment.

Pictured at the “Embracing Diversity” career and personal branding workshop hosted by MSD Ireland and Sodexo Ireland on 23 October 2017 were Eva Gallagher, MSD, MMD, MWN, Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland, Ger Brennan, managing director MSD Ireland, Aidan Walker, client relationship director, Sodexo Ireland, Eamonn MacHale, head chef for Sodexo at MSD Ireland and Mairead McCaul, MSD, GHH, MWN.


Sodexo and MSD Ireland took part in ‘Embracing Diversity, Career and Personal Branding’ event that was hosted in MSD’s Dublin office in October and saw nearly 100 attendees receive insights and guidance on how to create, build and maintain a career and personal brand. 

20% off your Christmas wine!

20% off your Christmas wine!

Laithwaite’s Wines is offering a 20% discount for Sodexo colleagues on Sodexo Discounts throughout December.

Springboard trekkers

Springboard Trekkers Announced

A fundraising expedition in Vietnam is on the horizon for two adventurous Sodexo employees selected to take part in 2018’s Springboard annual charity trek. 

Have a safe day awards

Have a Safe Day Awards 2017

Huge congratulations to Dave O’Brien and Alfie Kyle, who have made it to the finals of Sodexo’s global Have a Safe Day Awards. 

United Nations’ International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December


Sodexo employees are sharing their personal stories in support of the United Nations’ International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, to help raise awareness of invisible disabilities.

Pictured representing the companies awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2017 by Business in the Community Ireland were l/r Stephen Wheeler, managing director SSE Ireland, Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland; Valerie Hedin, external communications manager EirGrid; Feargal O’Rourke, managing partner PwC, Cathleen Doohan, human resources and corporate social responsibility director Fujitsu; Dee Forbes, director-general RTÉ; Niall Browne, ceo Dawn Meats and Dave Murphy, ceo, PM Group.


Sodexo Ireland has been awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) at its annual Sustainability Forum on 15 November at Dublin Castle.