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11.10.2018, 10:39

Compass Group Chefs of the Year 2018

Company News, Catering, EMEA
Compass Group UK & Ireland celebrated its annual Chef of the Year competition last week at The Restaurant Show, at Olympia in London.

 

Chris Garside, Compass Group UK & Ireland MD with winners, Daniel Lines, Sophie White, Maximilian Judges, Briggs, and HR Director, Donna Catley.
Chris Garside, Compass Group UK & Ireland MD with winners, Daniel Lines, Sophie White, Maximilian Judges, Briggs, and HR Director, Donna Catley. © Compass Group PLC
Chefs from across the business applied to take part in the competition across three categories: apprentice, junior, and senior chefs of the year.

 

The judging panel was made up of prestigious chefs including; celebrity chef, Brian Turner CBE; Director of Le Salon Culinaire, Peter Griffiths MBE; one of the founding partners of the Tanners Restaurant, Chris Tanner; and last year’s senior winner, Aaron Latham.

 

In the senior competition, the ten chefs were given just two hours to cook four courses. Daniel Lines from Restaurant Associates won the gold award, with Jamie Gibbs from ESS and 14forty taking silver and David Bryant from ESS and 14forty taking bronze.

 

The junior event celebrates young talent and saw ten competitors cook three courses in just one and a half hours. All awards were won by Restaurant Associates’ chefs - the gold by Maximilian Judges-Briggs, with Terry Baldwison taking the silver medal and Rebecca Allen taking third place.

 

Ten apprentices took part in the apprentice category – they were given forty minutes to cook one dish. Sophie White from Chartwells won the gold award, while Maria Teodora-Mazilu from Levy UK won silver and Silviya Karaivanova from Chartwells took the bronze.

 

Nick Vadis, Culinary Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “This competition showcases our people and the young talent in the junior and apprentice categories that we’ve got coming up through the ranks. This year has seen some exceptional dishes created. Congratulations to all those who competed and to those who took home medals.”

 

Sophie White, the apprentice chef winner commented: “I’ve been preparing for this competition for months and I’m over the moon to have won. My colleagues have been really supportive throughout this process and it’s been a great experience.”

 

David Simms, Culinary Director, Restaurant Associates added; “Our Restaurant Associates chefs worked hard to win these awards and we’re really proud of the commitment and talent they have shown. It’s been a long process, but all our work has clearly paid off. It’s grown our chef’s confidence and we’re now looking to other opportunities to showcase our talent.”

 

As well as the status of taking the gold awards in their categories, the junior and senior category winners will now travel to America, on a culinary journey visiting some of Compass America’s sites, eating in some of the best restaurants in the city, whilst also looking at culinary trends.



Category Winners

Category

Gold award winner

Silver award winner

Bronze award winner

Senior

Daniel Lines

Restaurant Associates

 

Jamie Gibbs

ESS and 14forty

David Bryant

ESS and 14forty

Junior

Maximilian Judges-Briggs

Restaurant Associates

Terry Baldwison

Restaurant Associates

Rebecca Allen

Restaurant Associates

Apprentice

Sophie White

Chartwells

Maria Teodora-Mazilu

Levy UK

Silviya Karaivanova

Chartwells

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About Compass Group PLC

Compass Group PLC is a British multinational contract foodservice, cleaning, property management and support services company headquartered at Compass House in Chertsey, Surrey. It is the largest contract foodservice company in the world and has operations in 50 countries. It serves around 5.5 billion meals a year in locations including offices and factories, schools, universities, hospitals, major sports and cultural venues, mining camps, correctional (prison) facilities and offshore oil platforms. Compass Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It is also a Fortune Global 500 company. Discover more at www.compass-group.co.uk

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