Sodexo senior sous chef Andy Voice has been named Sodexo Chef of the Year in a live cook off at the Foodservice Show.\r\n\r\nOn 22 January, senior sous chef Voice was awarded gold at the NEC Birmingham for his \u2018best in class\u2019 menu. Sodexo said Voice impressed the select panel of judges with his menu of savoury carrot cake to start, loin and neck of lamb with celeriac and crosnes as the main course followed by a blood orange souffl\u00e9 for dessert.\r\n\r\nThe competition judges included current National Chef of the Year Kuba Winkowski, Michelin-starred Adam Smith, Leathams executive development chef Perry Huntley, TV star Brian Turner, and the Craft Guild of Chefs chairman Andrew Bennett.\r\n\r\nVoice has previously won gold, for \u2018best in class\u2019 and \u2018best in show\u2019 at competitions including La Parade des Chefs at last year\u2019s Hotelympia and Sodexo\u2019s own salon culinaire competition. David Humphreys, development technologist for Tillery Valley Foods, was awarded runner up by the judges with an additional gold award.\r\n\r\nThe two gold award winners were among eight chefs from across Sodexo UK & Ireland taking part in the contest. In the lead up to the final, the finalists competed in individual heats as well as participating in workshops and a mentor day hosted by Sodexo client and event sponsor Unilever.\r\n\r\nVoice was presented with a winner\u2019s plate from sponsors Churchill China and will participate in a gastronomic UK study trip including farm visits and a culinary experience featuring the best of British fine dining experiences courtesy of long-term sponsor of the competition, Leathams.\r\n\r\nVoice said: \u201cSodexo 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\u2019s most important to me because I know they will be honest."\r\n\r\nDavid Mulcahy, food development and innovation director at Sodexo UK & Ireland, added: \u201cA 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."