A team of Compass Group chefs are out in Stuttgart to fly the flag for the UK in the World Culinary Olympics.
The event, which is taking place in Stuttgart until Wednesday, is regarded as the world’s most competitive and internationally-acclaimed cooking competition.
15 Compass chefs, from across the business, are competing in both The Community Catering Restaurant category and The Regional Team Culinary Arts competition.
Each competition has a team comprised of captains, team chefs, support chefs and for The Regional Team Culinary Arts, a team artist. Included in the teams are two of Compass’ Women in Food Ambassadors – Gemma Evans-Hurley and Ana Paula Oliver – both integral to each team.
For the very first time, in this particular competition, a Compass team will compete live against 29 Community Catering Teams from across six countries in the Community Catering Restaurant category.
The event takes place tomorrow and is captained by James Larkins, executive chef – Chartwells Higher Education.
Built on seven months of preparation, the Compass theme – ‘Our Deepest Roots Begin with Nature’ is embedded into their menu boasting Salt Baked Beetroot, Roasted Celeriac and Salsify Wellington, Chalk Stream Seatrout and Suffolk Pork entrees.
Graham Singer, culinary director for Compass Scotland, is coaching the UK team. He said: “Developing the culinary careers of our chefs is critical to our business and this competition allows us to demonstrate the creativity and innovation we have in abundance at Compass. This has been 18 months in the making and we are here through blood, sweat and tears to compete with the crème de la crème.”
Compass will also be supporting Team England, led by Compass Group UK & Ireland culinary director, Nick Vadis who has been competing at the World Culinary Olympics for 25 years.