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Derry Clarke to Judge The Sodexo Chefs Challenge at Food & Bev Live 2014

Derry Clarke at his masterclass.

Leading catering services company Sodexo Ireland has announced it is bringing an exciting new feature, The Sodexo Chefs Challenge, to Food & Bev Live 2014 on Tuesday, 11th February 2014 at The Event Centre, Citywest Hotel, Co. Dublin.

For the event, Sodexo Ireland has commissioned Derry Clarke to set a culinary challenge for selected members of the company’s 500-strong chef team.  One of Ireland’s most famous chefs, Derry has been a consultant with Sodexo Ireland for five years and is involved in the company’s culinary craft development programme.

Six of Sodexo’s finest award-winning chefs will take part, competing against each other for the title of overall winner of the Sodexo Derry Clarke Culinary Challenge by cooking a three-course meal for four people in two hours.  The chefs are:

  • Dennis McCarroll based at Almac in Craigavon
  • Timothy O’Connor at Aughinish Alumina in Limerick
  • Diarmuid Murphy at EMC in Cork
  • Bartek Piatek at Leo Pharma in Dublin
  • Eoin Murtagh at Davy in Dublin
  • David Fountain at PayPal in Dundalk

In preparation, the competing chefs attended a cookery masterclass with Derry at his Michelin starred restaurant, L’Ecrivain, in Dublin.  For the challenge, they will have to replicate Derry’s dishes from that masterclass while adding their own style and twist.

Derry will also chair the judging panel for the challenge and the winner will be announced after the competition at a gala dinner that evening at the Red Cow Hotel.

Derek Reilly, Executive Chef for Sodexo Ireland, said “We are delighted to be working with the team at Food & Bev Live 2014 on such an exciting show and the challenge set by Derry Clarke will give our culinary team the opportunity to display their skills in front of a live audience”.

Food & Bev Live 2014 is a one-day event aimed at stimulating the foodservice and hospitality industry and is sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin.  Planned exhibitors include Avonmore, Bord Gais, Noel Recruitment and Hugh Jordan.

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