Toque d’Or stages farm-to-fork challenge

The finalists learned all about the importance of regenerative agriculture.

The 2024 Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or finalists learned all about the importance of regenerative agriculture and how hospitality plays an important role in supporting communities via a bespoke farm-to-fork challenge. It took place at Full Circle Farms in West Sussex, which is a partner to Sodexo Live! in the UK and Ireland.

The challenge was part of an action-packed Toque d’Or Grand Finals week, comprising a series of challenges built around the competition’s overarching theme of sustainability. Throughout the week, competitors were presented with the opportunity to hone their skills while exploring the latest culinary trends, enabling them to bridge the gap between classroom learning and the dynamic, fast-paced nature of the hospitality industry.

This year’s farm-to-fork challenge offered the 12 finalists – six back-of-house and six front-of-house – a chance to showcase their talent while embracing principles of sustainability and the importance of community support.

Ben Dutson, food innovation director for Sodexo Live!, said: “It was a great day with lots of fun and some amazing food and drink prepared by the next generation of super-talented hospitality workers. Even the great British weather was kind to us!”

Camila Cabral, strategic partnerships and events planning lead for Nestlé Professional, added: “We’d like to thank Sodexo Corporate Services for enabling the collaboration with Sodexo Live! and Full Circle Farms to deliver this year’s farm-to-fork challenge during the Toque d’Or Grand Finals. It’s crucial to educate the next generation, our future industry leaders, on important topics like regenerative agriculture.”

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