Tom pipped at post for chef of the year but wins gold medal

Tom Beauchamp Sodexo chef finalist
Tom Beauchamp Sodexo chef finalist

A Queensferry-based chef cooked up gold at a UK wide competition – beating off hundreds of rivals from the same firm.

Tom Beauchamp (35) flew the flag for Scotland when catering giant Sodexo held its nationwide ‘Chef of the Year’ competition, taking home a gold medal after wowing the judges with a menu featuring home-grown seasonal products.

Tom, who works for the company’s Sodexo prestige venues and events arm in Queensferry, narrowly missed out on the title to Neil Yule but secured a gold medal.

The competition, which looks to assist with the development of Sodexo’s chefs, saw all eight finalists awarded for their efforts.

However, the top two were presented with gold medals following a gruelling 90 minute cook-off.

As a reward for his efforts, Tom will join the other winners on a study trip to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s famous ‘River Cottage’.

Tom said of his win: “Competitions like this are vital to the development and progression of chefs, so it’s great to be involved.

“For me, cooking is a real passion so I consider myself to be very lucky to be able to make my passion a way of life here at Sodexo Prestige.”