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Compass chefs honoured at Craft Guild of Chefs Awards

Four Compass Group UK & Ireland chefs have been honoured at this year’s prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs Awards – known as the culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The event took place on 1st June at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. The highly coveted awards celebrate and honour exceptional talent spanning the entire industry. The Public Sector Catering Chef Award went to Scott Freeman who started working with Compass to develop its Chef Apprenticeship Academy and has since taken on a role as Executive Chef for ESS Government Services, going on to be promoted to Culinary Director for ESS Defence, Marine & Aerospace. He was recognised for not only leading the culinary direction of this sector, but also his notable charity work and supporting more junior chefs through apprenticeships.

The Contract Catering Chef Award was handed to Wayne Corbett, an Executive Chef for 14forty who has been overseeing catering services across six client sites, managing menu planning, foodservice presentation, ordering, waste management and team training. Payne and Gunter’s, Ian Page, was awarded the Banqueting & Events Chef Award who also acts as the Young Chef Ambassador for the Craft Guild of Chefs, mentoring others to help them thrive.

Darren Passmore, an Executive Head Chef within Restaurant Associates was named Culinary Hero – an award voted for by peers within the industry. Having been in the army for 27 years, he moved to Compass to take on a role within healthcare and is now working in Restaurant Associates.

Nick Vadis, Culinary Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland and chef ambassador to the NHS Supply chain: “Our chefs are what makes us special and we are lucky to have so many within our business that demonstrate quality, experience, dedication and passion. These awards have recognised four of our very best – a huge congratulations to Scott, Wayne, Darren and Ian. They work tirelessly each day and are a true inspiration to our sector.”

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