ARAMARK chefs Daniel O'Connell, based at Mellon International, and Steven Smith, based at Durham Business School, have been selected as two of only 26 chefs to participate in ARAMARK's 12th Annual International Guest Chef Exchange, a programme designed to honour the company';s finest chefs during a multinational culinary exchange.
Blending cultures through the culinary arts, the ARAMARK International Guest Chef programme involves a two-week long exchange when chefs chosen for their outstanding commitment to culinary excellence work at other ARAMARK international customer facilities, putting daily business pressures aside and sharing talents, tips and tastes from across the globe. After the exchange their home facilities will be infused with the culture and diversity of the country and site they visited. Daniel and Steven visited ARAMARK host accounts in USA earlier this month and will be rounding off their experience with a culinary showcase in Brussels in November.
"I'm delighted that I've been given the honour of taking part in this year's Exchange", said Daniel. "My time in USA was a hugely motivating experience and I've met some inspiring fellow chefs from around the ARAMARK business. I've also picked up some useful new skills and recipes that I hope to put into practice in my day-to-day role. "
Daniel O'Connell is the Head Chef, Hospitality for Mellon International in London. Chef O'Connell was a double gold medallist in the RoboCoupe Challenge Cup this year, where one judge described his dish as "uncriticisable."
Steven Smith is the Executive Chef at Durham Business School. Winner of ARAMARK's 2005 Chef of the Year competition, he was also runner up in 2004.back