chef shortlisted for national catering award
THE head chef at one of the
country's leading football grounds has been shortlisted for a
national award – and is hoping success will lead to a hat trick for
him and his team.
Gareth Billington, 45, who heads the 32-strong catering team at
Goodison Park, home to Everton FC, has been shortlisted in the Chef
category of the prestigious Cost Sector Catering awards.
Held by Cost Sector Catering magazine to recognise and reward
outstanding achievement in all areas of contract catering, the
awards will be held on Thursday 4th April at the Hilton London
The catering at the Everton ground is managed by the UK's leading
food and facilities management company Sodexo Prestige and Gareth's
nomination comes just weeks after two of the team took first place
in a separate industry competition.
Chefs Darren Ryder and Antony Smith took the gold medal in the
Contract Catering/Football Stadia category in the Salon Culinaire
contest for professionals working in the catering industry, run as
part of The Hospitality Show held at Birmingham's NEC in January.
In addition, Gareth himself tasted award success at the end of last
year when he was named Sodexo UK and Ireland Unit Chef of the Year
at the company's annual Star Awards ceremony.
Gareth, who trained at London's The Garrick Club and was also
formerly in charge of patisserie on the QE2 cruise liner,
successfully catered for a string of high profile events over the
As well as providing for a wide range of match day and corporate
events at Goodison Park he was also in charge of two restaurants and
a number of food outlets at Royal Ascot last year, the catering at
Lord's cricket ground during the Olympics 2012 archery competition
and cooked for the Paralympic contestants at London's Olympic
Gareth, a father-of-2, from Liverpool, has previously won acclaim
for his skill in creating seasonal, modern British dishes presented
with flair and imagination and his entry in the Chef category – one
of 14 categories in the awards - will be judged by a panel of
independent industry experts.
Ian Simpson, General Manager at Sodexo Prestige at Everton, said:-
"As well as being a superb chef, Gareth is wholly committed to
training young and vulnerable people in the Liverpool area –
imparting his knowledge and experience through a number of
Further information about conferencing and events at Goodison Park
can be obtained by calling:- 0151 530 5250 or by
point for new housing debate
LIVERPOOL City Council has identified a
preliminary list of more than 1,200 sites which could potentially
deliver nearly 35,000 new homes over the next 15 years; and is
inviting local people to have their say.
A new report - the Liverpool Strategic Housing Land Availability
Assessment (SHLAA) - has identified potential sites, across the
City, as a baseline to start a conversation about the long term,
supply of new housing in Liverpool up to 2028.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor
Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "This is an important piece of work,
which provides us with a starting point from which to define a
framework for the future delivery of thousands of new homes for our
City. It will be important evidence for our new Local Plan, to
deliver the housing, business, industrial units and infrastructure
the City needs over the next 15 years.
Not all of these sites are going to be allocated or developed - nor
necessarily will they be developed in the way indicated in the
report, but it's a starter list of the sites that we think have
potential for housing development. It also begins the process of
assessing whether sites are suitable, in policy and physical terms,
and the important question of whether they are likely to be viable
as development opportunities. In addition, we want to improve the
diversity and range of housing on offer in the City, and bring
forward sites which will deliver high value executive homes - and we
will be looking for additional sites in this respect as we move
forward. This list seeks to show what sites were capable of being
delivered at the baseline date of last April, in 2012. We are
inviting comments on to make sure the views of local people are
taken on-board. It will be one of several opportunities for
individuals, communities, land owners and businesses to feed into
the Council's Local Plan process. Later in the year there will also
be opportunities for the public and developers to suggest additional
sites, including sites which have been put forward since 2012 - and
not just for housing, but for jobs, shops and other uses as well."
The SHLAA is required under national planning guidance to help
support the production of Local Plans and it aims to identify as
many potential sites as possible which could meet long term housing
needs for the City.
It will help the City better understand the housing development
options open to it as it prepares its new Local Plan, which is
scheduled for production over the next two years, and will be used
to inform the allocation of specific sites for housing development.
The SHLAA Update is at draft stage and the City Council is now
inviting comments on it. It summarises the City's position as it
stood on 1 April 2012. It will be updated annually as new sites are
identified, or existing ones are developed or otherwise removed from
You can see the report, and make comments, at:-
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