Who is going to follow on from last year’s winner David Hussey?(pictured celebrating above with other finalists).


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The Sodexo Chef of the Year competition reaches its climax on 6 March at Hotelympia where the 10 finalists do battle for the prestigious title. Come along on the day and cheer them on!

Each chef has gone through a number of stages to get to the final, including mentor days, workshops and plenty of practice to refine their dishes.

The competition is a fantastic way to capture the diverse talent we have in our business. Segments heats have been taking place across the UK and Ireland and we are pleased to announce the 10 finalists are:

  • Adam Collison, AstraZeneca UK Ltd, Corporate Services
  • Andy Clarkson, Aliwal Barracks, Government Services
  • David Moorhouse, Nuffield Hospital Leeds, Healthcare
  • Tom Allen, Delta Office Park, Schools
  • Mathew Shipley, Ascot Racecourse, Sports & Leisure
  • Ilir Zajsi, Richmond American University, Universities
  • Nikola Plhakova, Viewforth House, Scotland, Sports & Leisure
  • Nicholas Reid, Almac, Ireland, Corporate Services
  • Matthew Smith, AMEX Community Stadium, Sports & Leisure
  • Kwasi Duah, Santander, Corporate Services

Who is going to follow on from last year’s winner David Hussey?(pictured celebrating above with other finalists).

The grand final takes place on 6 March from 10am until 11.30am – please do support this and invite colleagues and clients to cheer our chefs on. For free entry to the show, register at


We are delighted that the Sodexo Culinary Team has been invited to cook in the Parade des Chefs kitchen at Hotelympia.

The team is:

  • Tom Allen, Schools & Universities
  • Tom Beauchamp, Sports & Leisure
  • Louisa Tinkler, Schools & Universities
  • Andy Voice, Schools & Universities
  • Mark Wetherill, Corporate Services
  • Steven Wylie, Schools & Universities

The team will cook for 100 guests under competition standards on 6 March (the same day as the Sodexo Chef of the Year final).

The menu will include a starter of potato and hens egg ravioli, a main course of ways of Lakeland lamb and an apple and rhubarb dessert.

Come along and support the team and visit Hotelympia - remember to register for access to Hotelympia by visiting

We will be profiling some of the competitors on Your_Sodexo in the coming weeks, so check back soon!


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