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9th December 2022

Compass experiences success on world stage at 2022 Culinary World Cup

Written by: Edward Waddell
Compass Group UK & Ireland is celebrating after winning two silver awards at the 2022 Culinary World Cup held in Luxembourg.

The Culinary World Cup is a five-day event that brings together chefs from around the globe. Over 1,500 chefs competed in Luxembourg, which is staged every four years in a different location.

The event saw Compass Group UK & Ireland placed sixth­ overall with Compass teams winning silver awards in the regional cold buffet and community catering competitions.

Stacey Harris from Restaurant Associates, head chef in Canary Wharf, received gold and silver medals as part of the English National team. Compass also had Wayne Corbett executive chef at 14forty and Rick Owens sous chef from Levy UK+I taking part within the Craft Guild of Chefs team where they achieved a silver award.

The Compass Group UK & Ireland chefs were mentored by Nick Vadis, Compass’ culinary director and chef ambassador to the NHS supply chain, as well as Graham Singer, culinary Director for ESS Energy and Compass Scotland.

Vadis said: “I am a great believer in our chefs taking part in culinary competitions and the World Cup is particularly special. Our chefs showing off their outstanding talent on the world stage and succeeding, is a poignant moment for us all. Our chefs are the lifeblood of the Compass business, their creativity, dedication and skill is second to none and I love working with them all. A huge well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

The full teams were:

Regional Cold Buffet:

  • Team Captain: David Auchie, ESS
  • Chef: Robert Kennedy, Chartwells Independent
  • Chef: Christopher Macleod, ESS
  • Chef: Gordon McKenzie, ESS
  • Pastry Chef: Barry Fleming, ESS

Support chefs

  • Simon Coulter, ESS
  • Kevin Rocks, ESS
  • Shona Sutherland, ESS
  • James Larkins, Chartwells Independent

Community Catering:

  • Team Captain: Robert Kennedy, Chartwells Independent
  • Chef: Dennis Mwakulua, Chartwells Independent
  • Chef: Gordon McKenzie, ESS
  • Pastry Chef: Barry Fleming, ESS

Support chefs

  • Izabela Ginter, ESS
  • Christopher Macleod, ESS
  • Tony Murphy, ESS

Rick Owens and Wayne Corbett were part of the Craft Guild of Chefs team.

Stacey Harris was part of the England National team.