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Goodison Park Chef Is Award Finalist

GooisonThe head chef at one of the UK’s most famous sports grounds is in the running for a top award.

Gareth Billington, executive head chef at Goodison Park – home to Everton Football Club – has been shortlisted in the People’s Choice category of the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs awards, which acknowledge standards of excellence within the industry.

Gareth made the finals after being nominated by chefs across the UK and will now join more than 700 of the industry’s elite for the awards presentations at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London on Wednesday 1 June.

“It is a genuine honour to be a finalist in these awards,” said Gareth, “as it is always very special to achieve recognition from my peers within the industry.

“I know I will be up against some steep competition from the other finalists, but may the best man, or woman, win.”

In a career spanning more than 30 years, the 49-year-old, who trained at London’s renowned Garrick Club before managing the pâtisserie section of the QE2 cruise liner, has won a clutch of accolades, including the title Sodexo UK and Ireland Unit Chef of the Year.

And, as well as providing match and non-match day hospitality for the thousands of annual visitors who flock to Goodison Park, the father of two has provided the catering at events such as Royal Ascot and the Olympics and Paralympic Games 2012.

Under his leadership members of his team took the gold medal in the Contract Catering/Football Stadia category in the Salon Culinaire contest for professionals working in the catering industry and were named ‘Best In Class’ in the Major International Contract Catering/Football Stadia award category in 2013.

For further information about Sodexo Prestige at Goodison Park call 0151 530 5250 or email events@evertonfc.com.

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