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Compass celebrates medal haul at Hotelympia


Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food services provider, is celebrating the achievement of its chefs at Hotelympia last week where they were awarded a host of medals. 

Over 60 chefs from across the business came together to showcase the exceptional quality of food served daily across the company. 

Altogether, Compass Group chefs won over 59 awards, including: 2 gold, 18 silver, 16 bronze, 12 merit awards, 9 best in class awards plus an incredible 2 Best of Show Special Category Awards.  

 Some Award Highlights 

  • James Larkins, Chartwells won ‘Best Restaurant Plate Exhibit 2018’ in the Best of Show Special Categories Award; on top of the Gold, Best in Class in Starter Plates and Merit Award in Restaurant Fish Courses he had already scooped. 
  • Barry Fleming, Chartwells won ‘Best Static Show Piece 2018’ in the Best of Show Special Categories Award; alongside the gold award he has won earlier on in the week in the Work in Fat category.
  • The Compass Group Culinary Team took home the Silver Award in the La Parade des Chefs competition, captained by Adam Thomason, Restaurant Associates.
  • The England National Team, which is made up of 3 Compass chefs out of the 10 (Jamie Gibbs, ESS, Rob Kennedy, Chartwells, and Dennis Mwakulua, Restaurant Associates), won the overall award for ‘Best La Parade Des Chefs’ National Team.

Nick Vadis, Culinary Director at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: 

“It was fantastic to see our chefs bringing their skills, dedication and passion to the event. The culinary competitions at Hotelympia allow our chefs to showcase their outstanding talent among their peers. Competitions are a great environment for chefs to cook in and enables them to show off their culinary techniques and expertise. We had a number of chefs competing for the first time and they would have learnt so much from the experience. It was great to demonstrate the breadth and depth of skill of our culinary family. ”   

Chris Garside, Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, added: 

“Our passion for great food and service sits at the very core of our DNA; I am so proud of what our chefs have achieved. They are great Ambassadors for Compass. They work incredibly hard every day to deliver high quality food for our clients and customers, so it’s great when they have the opportunity to showcase their talent to a wider audience. Congratulations to all our chefs who competed.” 

Hotelympia, is held bi-annually at the ExCel Exhibition Centre, is the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event. The exhibition delivers innovation and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. 


For more information contact:

UK Communications Team
Compass Group UK & Ireland
01895 554 999

Compass Group UK & Ireland chefs shone at Hotelympia 2018