The 2017 Cleaner Products “Chefs Challenge” took place yesterday 11th September at the brilliant Croham Hurst golf club in Croydon. The event was staged to find the best golfing chefs and to select two players to represent Cleaner Products in the H&C Expo golf tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort next year. The winner of the challenge was David Garrard who is the head chef at Croham Hurst, perhaps it was his local knowledge that made him just beat Chef Ben Mellor who finished 2 shots off David in second place. Both David and Ben will join Nathan Reilly and Steve Hodges to make up the Cleaner Products 4 ball to take on the Celtic Manor tournament next year. Steve Hodges commented “ Its great to have David and Ben in our dream team for the Celtic Manor tournament and we now have time to practice together to fine tune our game and get ready for the challenges to come”
David Garrard is the first winner of the “Chefs Challenge” and will have his name engraved onto the Cleaner Products ‘Challenge Shield’. Nathan Reilly congratulated David Garrard and commented ” we are delighted for David on being the first name on our shield, David if a fine golfer and fully deserves his place in our team, Nathan also commented “ We are also excited to have Ben Mellor in our team as Ben is also a brilliant golfer and will also add his experience and winning mentality to our team”
The longest drive of the day was won by Ben Mellor who is the head chef at Blandford Comptoir restaurant in London with an staggering drive of 324 yards, the longest drive was on the 18th which is 430 yards and Ben only required a wedge into the green, we all knew that Ben was a long hitter but his drive was an absolute corker. The nearest the pin challenge for the day was on the 5th hole par 3 which is a tough raised green and David Garrard walked away with this trophy, David has a superb touch around the greens and his short game is formidable.
The event was excellent day for all those that took part and we were delighted that the publishers and organisers of the H&C Expo tournament Denis and James Sheehan were able to join us and take part in the golf day, we were also honoured that the restaurant industry legend John Davey also joined us and drove the buggy for our CEO Pete Reilly, John also awarded the Cleaner Products ' Top Golf Chef' trophy to the winner.
Nathan and Steve would like to thank all thoses that took part in the 'Chefs Challenge' and look forward to welcoming new players for next years events, if you think you have what it takes to get your name on the shield then send your details to [email protected]