News

Salon Culinaire Best in Show winner Phil Clark admitted to being ‘over the moon’ after he bounced back brilliantly from a bad performance in last year’s event to come out top in 2017.

PHIL CLARK IS BEST IN SHOW

 
Time 16 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Salon Culinare 2017, Phil ClarkSalon Culinaire Best in Show winner Phil Clark admitted to being ‘over the moon’ after he bounced back brilliantly from a bad performance in last year’s event to come out top in 2017.

Phil, who is the second chef in the Infantry Officers Mess at Warminster Garrison, took Gold and Best in Class in the Innovative Street Food Challenge, after cooking the same dish that went ‘horribly wrong’ the year before. He was stunned to then be named as Best in Live competition and overall Best in Show at the event, held at Ascot Racecourse on 27 September.

Phil’s Asian fish dumplings with braised rice and pak choi hit the right note this time, and the judges not only commended the quality of his dish, but also praised his technique, composure and time management.

“I knew the dish was a good one but I didn’t do it justice last year and it took me a while to get over that,” said Phil. “This year I was really motivated and a lot more confident. I tweaked and changed the dish and practiced it four times.”

Despite being in the right frame of mind, Phil didn’t have his sights set higher than a bronze or silver. “I was happy with the dish, my plates were identical and I tasted it as I went along,” he said. “But I was still shocked – going from nothing to gold was amazing, and I did feel really emotional. Then when they called me back to the stage as Best in Show I couldn’t believe it. I actually had my coat on ready to go home! I’m still trying to get my head around it.”

Phil, 27, began his Sodexo career after leaving Kingdown School at 16, joining as a trainee chef at the local Warminster Garrison, where he is now second chef. He lives a half an hour walk away and has been in the town for 16 years with his family, after his father retired there from the Army.

“I left the company a couple of times and worked in restaurants and pubs in Warminster, including six months as a junior sous chef at The Weymouth Arms and six months as head chef at The Old Bell,” said Phil.  

“I was keen to get some commercial experience and learn from a range of different chefs, but I came back to Sodexo in November 2016 and this is where I’ll stay. I like the fact that you can take part in competitions like Salon.”

Phil is one of a team of five chefs who provide a cook-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner service for up to 100 covers every day in the Infantry Officers Mess.  In total the team took home two gold, two silver, eight bronze and eight merit awards from this year’s competition.

Services manager Mick Wilson says they are all on a high. “What Phil has achieved is off the scale. He was very composed on the day and used all the allocated time, plating his dish with three seconds to spare. Although he was competing against a strong team of experienced chefs, I think his attitude and technique really stood out to the judges on the day. Everything he did was on point. We’re all blown away by his success.”     

 

Share this story About sharing

  
Send to Kindle

News

Costco voucher
 

JOIN COSTCO

Our benefits team is constantly working behind the scenes to negotiate great offers to add to the hundreds already available to all employees via Sodexo Discounts. So we’re excited to announce a brand new offer for you …

 
This week, 16-20 October
 

IT’S WASTELESS WEEK!

This week, 16-20 October, Sodexo is holding its annual WasteLESS Week, and we would love to invite you, your clients and your consumers to take part.

 
Celebrate Diwali with us
 

The festival of lights

It’s a time for firework displays, family feasts and fun with loved ones – and millions of people across the world will be celebrating Diwali later this month. Here’s the low down on this key event in the Hindu calendar. And if you’re celebrating, why not post some pictures to the Sodexo Facebook page?

 
Springfield hospital
 

NEW CONTRACT FOR HEALTHCARE

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has appointed Sodexo as its new soft services provider.

 
This year, marks the thirty year anniversary of Black History Month with thousands of events happening around the UK.
 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

This year, marks the thirty year anniversary of Black History Month with thousands of events happening around the UK. 

 
Jonathan Grififiths (pictured right) won £100 in Say Shopping Vouchers
 

321 Zero competition winner announced

Jonathan Grififiths won £100 in Say Shopping Vouchers after being picked as the winner in Sodexo’s safety 321 Zero competition.

 
Sodexo Ireland’s Veronica Palacios crowned champ
 

2017 Barista of the Year

Veronica Palacios, a barista for Sodexo at the An Post staff restaurant at the GPO in Dublin, was crowned the 2017 UK and Ireland Barista of the Year at the Sodexo Salon Culinaire in Ascot Racecourse.

 
Salon Culinaire Best in Show winner Phil Clark admitted to being ‘over the moon’ after he bounced back brilliantly from a bad performance in last year’s event to come out top in 2017.
 

PHIL CLARK IS BEST IN SHOW

Salon Culinaire Best in Show winner Phil Clark admitted to being ‘over the moon’ after he bounced back brilliantly from a bad performance in last year’s event to come out top in 2017.

 
Istvan ‘Steve’ Jonas
 

Glasgow chef is apprentice of the year

Istvan ‘Steve’ Jonas, 29, was thrilled to be named as Sodexo’s apprentice chef of the year at last week’s Salon Culinaire.