Sodexo senior sous chef Andy Voice has been named the contract catering giant’s ‘Chef of the Year’ after a live cook-off at this week’s Foodservice Show.
Mr Voice, who works for the company’s Independents by Sodexo division at Dorney Lake, Eton, made waves at the NEC Birmingham live stage with his gold ‘best in class’ menu.
The judging panel was impressed with his menu of savoury carrot cake to start, loin and neck of lamb with celeriac and crosnes as the main course followed by a blood orange soufflé for dessert.
Judges included current national chef of the year Kuba Winkowski, Michelin starred Adam Smith, Leathams executive development chef Perry Huntley, TV star Brian Turner OBE and the Craft Guild of Chefs chairman Andrew Bennett.
Andy has previously won gold, ‘best in class’ and ‘best in show’ at competitions including La Parade des Chefs at last year’s Hotelympia and Sodexo’s own salon culinaire competition.
David Humphreys, development technologist for Tillery Valley Foods, was awarded runner-up by the judges with an additional gold award.
The two gold award winners were among eight chefs from across Sodexo UK & Ireland taking part in the contest.
In the lead up to the final, the finalists competed in individual heats as well as participating in workshops and a mentor day hosted by Sodexo client and event sponsor Unilever.
Mr Voice was presented with a winner’s plate from Churchill China and will participate in a gastronomic UK study trip, including farm visits, and a culinary experience featuring the best of British fine dining experiences as part of his prize.
He said: “Sodexo and the guys I work with have put a lot of effort into supporting and mentoring me. They have been there from the beginning when the ideas were on paper, the first dishes, adding things, changing how things look on the plate – their feedback is what’s most important to me because I know they will be honest.”
Mr Voice has worked with Sodexo for nearly nine years and started working at Dorney Lake two years ago.