Celebrating Sodexo’s gold and best in class team win in the Contract Caterers Culinary Challenge at Food & Bev Live 2018 were Aidan Walker, account director, Barbara
Placuk, hospitality manager, Central Bank North Wall Quay, Phelim Byrne, executive chef, State Street, Dublin Dennis McCarroll, executive pastry chef, Ulster Independent Clinic, Belfast, Nicky Reid, executive chef, Almac, Craigavon, Julianne Forrestal, executive craft development chef and Sigitas Zubrickas, manager, Central Bank, Spencer Dock, Dublin.
Commenting on the win, Julianne Forrestal, executive craft development chef, said, “We’re absolutely delighted with the win. Competitions like this are very much a collaborative effort and excellent results all come down to excellent teamwork. The dishes were discussed with the chefs and chosen to complement each other and showcase the chefs’ skillsets to their best advantage. That’s where the role of the competition mentors comes in, to look at the overall picture and ensure that a balanced menu is delivered.”
It was an open competition with no specified fish, meat or vegetable element and each chef took responsibility for a course. Every dish was paired with a wine chosen in consultation with James Archer of O’Brien Wines.
Brendan O’Neill, culinary director, Panel of Chefs of Ireland and judging chairman, commented "Sodexo’s winning entry in the Contract Caterers Culinary Challenge was a well-balanced and tasty meal from start to finish and I was privileged to enjoy it.”
Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland, said, “A superb result that is testament to our commitment towards delivering top quality, locally sourced, great-tasting food to our clients every day. My congratulations to the team, their competition mentors and other colleagues who have supported them. As a former chef myself, I know that success at competitions like this is only due to long hours of practice, teamwork and support. Their win means a great deal to the company and we are all extremely proud of their achievement.”