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Awards in 2012


It has been a fantastic year of recognition for the company with individuals, divisions and venues recognised both internally and externally! Here are some of our achievements.

England & Wales

It was an incredible four awards for our team at Ascot Racecourse at the National Racecourse Catering Awards on Friday 19 October! The winning categories were Best Fine Dining Experience for Ascot’s Parade Ring Restaurant, Best New Catering Product for Guilty Cocktails, a Certificate of Merit for Best New Catering Concept at the Greenyard Grill and the highly acclaimed Catering Excellence Award.

Executive chef, Steve Golding (below) who has worked at the world-renowned racecourse for over 14 years won the Event Catering Award at the Food Service Management (FSM) Magazine awards.

 Steve Golding


In Scotland, we have been commended for our work with the local community. Graham Box’s team picked up the PFM Award for Partners in Service to the Community for our partnership with Langside College in Glasgow for the delivery of the SVQ Level 1 Hospitality programme.

Additionally, Sodexo Scotland has been named the Best Group Contract Caterer in Scotland for the third year in a row in the prestigious Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2012. It is a very strong endorsement of the staff training and development undertaken as the results were judged purely on an anonymous survey of employees across the company, including front line staff, senior and middle management. And just a couple of weeks ago, our team at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh picked up the Social Responsibility Award at Eventia 2012.

Events team

This year’s brief at the Restaurant Show Event Caterer Challenge was to create a menu for a Halloween party. Events executive chef, Tom Parry led our team with an ‘Old School Black and White Horror Movie’ theme that saw us commended for our innovation, presentation and tasty food that lead to a Silver Award from the judges.

Sodexo Salon Culinaire

Food service skills and craft are fundamental to our business and it was great to see so many Prestige teams take part with pride in the annual Sodexo Salon Culinaire. 1,000 guests attended the event with 650 of our employees taking part in competitions and enjoying a range of master classes and live demonstrations at the prestigious Ascot Racecourse. Junior chef de partie at the Stirling Management Centre in Scotland, Ross McMillan, won The Sodexo Young Chef of the Year. New to this year’s competition was the Barista Challenge with 10 applicants battling it out to see who would be crowned the first ever National Barista of the Year! The winning coffee came from Annabelle Farago, who works for Sodexo’s Corporate Services IFM division.

David Mulcahy, craft and food development director, Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Competing is a great way to develop a chef’s skill set and I hope everyone who took part gained valuable experience, which will progress them in their career. This year’s Salon Culinaire saw a great deal of talent from across the business come forward to compete. Congratulations to everyone who took part in each of the Salons across the UK and Ireland.”


Congratulations to Dennis McCarrol (below) executive head chef at Almac in Craigavon who took gold and his first Chef of the Year title at the Sodexo All-Ireland Chef of the Year Competition held at the company’s annual Salon Culinaire in Dublin on Saturday October 6th. Dennis will now represent Ireland at our Grand final in the NEC Birmingham in January.

 Dennis McCarroll

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