Andy Voice has been named Sodexo Chef of the Year having beaten six other finalists at a live cook off at the Foodservice Show in Birmingham.
The senior sous chef for the caterer’s schools division Independents by Sodexo at Dorney Lake, Eton impressed the judges with his menu of savoury carrot cake, loin and neck of lamb with celeriac and artichoke, and a blood orange soufflé for dessert.
Voice 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 salon culinaire competition.
David Humphreys, development technologist for Tillery Valley Foods was named runner up by the judges, who included National Chef of the Year Kuba Winkowski, Coworth Park executive chef Adam Smith, Brian Turner and the Craft Guild of Chefs chairman Andrew Bennett.
Voice 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.”
David Mulcahy, food development and innovation director at Sodexo UK & Ireland added: “A massive congratulations to Andy on winning and of course well done to all the finalists who competed.
“Andy is a dedicated chef and has worked extremely hard to triumph this year. They all presented excellent menus to the judges and the outcome is a testament to their determination, training and the supportive Sodexo teams around them.”