Local chef shortlisted for prestigious award

Jack Jepson-Sykes, Executive Development Chef at Fleet-based Pabulum has been shortlisted in the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, known in the industry as the ‘Chef’s Oscars’. The prestigious awards are designed to recognise the hospitality industry’s leading talents.
Jack Jepson-Sykes

Jack, who also lives in Fleet, made the shortlist in the Development Chef category and was delighted with the news:

“It’s a real honour to be recognised by the judges of such a highly-regarded award, I’m thrilled to have made the shortlist. I’ve been a chef for over 15 years, so it feels great to have all my years of hard work and experience acknowledged. I absolutely love my role as the Executive Development Chef at Pabulum, I get to help make a difference to the health and well-being of thousands of children in 140 schools and that is incredibly rewarding in itself.”

In his role as Executive Development Chef Jack has numerous responsibilities, including developing the company’s food standards and ensuring all recipes comply with national nutritional standards, as well as introducing new food innovations. Jack also manages a team of chefs at Pabulum, including two senior development chefs, six development chefs and four support chefs.

The awards judges were no doubt impressed by Jack’s passion and dedication to improving the next generation’s health and well-being. As part of his commitment to this cause, Jack has publically pledged to reduce the use of granular white sugar across the business by 50% in 2016. His latest mission to reduce sugar will see him using his trademark ‘Health by Stealth’ techniques which include a range of reduced sugar recipes and making use of natural sugars. Jack’s unique ‘Health by Stealth’ method also involves ensuring students are eating different fruit and vegetables every day. This can be anything from putting grated carrot into pizza dough to adding additional vegetables into a sauce. Thanks to Jack’s approach many children and young people are now eating and enjoying a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Pabulum, who work within a 125-mile radius of their Fleet head office, will be cheering Jack on at the awards ceremony on 1st June at the Lancaster London Hotel.