Sodexo pulled out all the stops


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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


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