A chef at North Devon District Hospital has won her second national gold award within a year for a novelty cake – a stunning recreation of a sewing basket that is edible down to the last needle, button and strand of cotton.
Meg Davis’s latest success came at the Salon Culinaire event, which brings together hundreds of entrants each year from Sodexo, the firm which runs catering, cleaning, portering and other support services for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
The cake is made of Madeira sponge and covered with sugar paste. All the contents of the box are individually made of sugar paste. The completed cake and decorations took some 30 hours to complete.
Earlier in the year, Meg won the same category at the Hotelympia catering event, which brings together catering staff from across the hospitality sector.
The latest success comes as the Northern Devon team also notched up two wins in the annual Sodexo Star awards at the end of 2010:
- The national award for service excellence in facilities management
- The southern regional award for additional services (shop and Yoo Cafe on Level 2 at NDDH, and security)
Meg said: “Although it took a lot of time and demanded a great deal of concentration to make the contents as realistic as possible, winning the gold medal along with the Best in Class against very strong competition made it all worthwhile.”