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Swedish chef Daniel Leidstedt prepared meals at four schools served by Independents by Sodexo during a three-week tour of the UK.
His visit was part of Sodexo’s annual Global Chef exchange programme in which senior chefs spend time working in other countries with fellow chefs, sharing different menus and expanding their repertoires.
Daniel visited Eton College, Caterham School, Chetham’s School of Music and Wellington College as well as spending a culinary day in London sharing an insight into the rising popularity of Nordic cuisine with fellow Sodexo chefs.
Independents by Sodexo executive development chef Tom Allen said: “It’s very healthy food: they don’t use lots of butter and oils.” “It’s about pickling, steaming and roasting which is fantastic from a healthy perspective.” “Nordic food is very ‘on trend’ and we expect it to grow in popularity over the next three years. The UK as a whole will embrace the Nordic vibe,” said Tom. “It is really cool, and cool to be doing it.”
Daniel is Sodexo’s kitchen and restaurant manager at the City Hall in Gävle, an historic city 20 miles north of Stockholm. The restaurant has evolved to become the first choice for lunch and entertainment for politicians and senior municipal officials, and Daniel has also cooked for royalty at a wide variety of banquets and prestigious dinners staged in City Hall.
Independents by Sodexo chefs joined in a culinary day with Daniel at Beyond Food restaurant in London’s Tooley Street, and chefs from other education sectors also got one-to-one coaching. “They were like sponges and they picked up techniques and learned new skills they will never forget,” said Tom.
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