High performance catering for Formula One Grand Prix
29 March 2018
Last week Corrs Chambers Westgarth Head Chef, Jason McDuie, joined Williams Martini Racing at the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne and spent four days cooking for 80 people in the team including contestants, mechanics, organisers and high-profile individuals.
Decked out in a professional Williams Martini Racing chef uniform, each day Jason spent 16-18 hours alongside the Williams Martini Racing chefs preparing buffet lunches and a la carte dinners inspired by Australian cuisine influenced by famous chef, Michael Caines.
Some items on the menu included barramundi, vegemite glazed chicken and a traditional Australian barbeque which included kangaroo, king prawns and chicken wings.
Jason said participating in the event was a once in a lifetime experience.
“There’s no kitchen available at these events, they ship in all of the equipment, assemble it and once the event is finished they disassemble it and transport it to the next event,” he said.
“The pop-up kitchen was very small and as we were working in a fast-paced environment we had to work really well together to prepare the dishes on time while the drivers were competing.
“We worked long hours but the dishes we produced in such a small kitchen were of Michelin Star quality.
“Over the four days, I got to know the team members really well and felt a part of their family.”
Not all of Jason’s time at the event was spent in the kitchen. In his limited spare time, he visited the Williams Martini Racing pit stop while the drivers were qualifying to see first-hand how they disassemble and reassemble the cars.
He also met some celebrities along the way including Williams Martini Racing Formula One Driver, Sergey Sirotkin, who signed his first Formula One VIP pass and gave it to Jason, as well as posed in a photo with him.
Jason impressed the team so much they have asked him to attend the Singapore Grand Prix in mid-September.
Sodexo Australia are thrilled to provide experiences like these to outstanding employees and look forward to seeing Jason attend the Singapore Grand Prix later this year.