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Craft Guild of Chefs Award 2017

As an RAF chef instruction, Corporal Ian Mark’s culinary and educational talents have pushed him to the forefront of military cuisine, both in the UK and overseas. Proving his competency under pressure in the Falklands, catering for 1,500 men in challenging conditions, Ian’s role has developed into that of instruction and trainer to those who wish to follow in his footsteps.
His one-to-one training and master classes have helped less experienced members of the food corps to achieve their Level 2 in Food Production, and combatted the stereotype that army food has to be bland and unimaginative.
Serving military VIP’s, politicians and members of the Royal Family, Ian’s ability to cook classic dishes in large numbers helped his team to victory in the final of BBC’s Bake Off : Crème de la Crème and earned him several prestigious Hotelympia awards.
As part of the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team, he has competed in numerous competitions around the world and catered for a Charity Gala dinner, raising £70,000 for Combat Stress and SSAFA military charities in the process. Having personally trained over 50 students at the Royal Air Force Catering Training Squadron in the last two years alone, he has cemented his reputation as a highly-talented chef and a generous teacher.


Cost Sector Catering Award 2017

As a Petty Officer Bartup was in charge of catering services in HMS ENTERPRISE on Operation LITTEN (the UK’s contribution to the EU mission to disrupt human trafficking and save life at sea in the Mediterranean). The mission posed significant catering challenges. Bartup played a key part in developing and implementing the innovative solutions required to surge output to over 2300 meals a day from a galley designed for production of no more than 240. It is testament to the effectiveness of these measures that the quality of fare served to ship’s company remained consistent throughout. In fact, outside rescue periods, a varied and interesting programme of theme nights and mess functions provided stimulating opportunities for the development of his team’s professional skills whilst helping to sustain ship’s company morale through a period that was at times extremely harrowing.
Bartup’s contribution went far beyond overcoming the catering challenge however. Bartup regularly entered the flimsy, overcrowded and inherently unseaworthy migrant craft to control embarkations. His calm authority and good humour diffused several potentially hazardous situations, reassuring the scared, emotional and sometimes recently bereaved whilst physically assisting the sick, aged, pregnant and young. At the worst of times he helped recover the bodies of the deceased in a dignified and sensitive fashion.

Bartup worked tirelessly throughout the operation. He is an excellent example of the very best of defence caterers and has been an inspiration to the sailors around hm.

30th October 2015 - THE MOD has announced its intention to further extend the Purple Foodservice Solutions World Wide Food Supply Contract to 30th September 2017.

The Purple Foodservice Solutions MoD Worldwide Food Supply Contract (WWFSC), which commenced on 1st October 2006, has been extended for a further period, up to 30th September 2017.  Although Purple Foodservice had anticipated that we would exit the WWFSC in September 2015, the maximum period permitted under the contract, the MOD has requested Purple continue managing its food supply requirement for an extended period.  This is due to the cancellation of the Next Generation Foodsupply Project, which no longer meets the current requirement.

Bike ride for Charity

Jamie Simmons from the PFS team, undertook the Ride London 100 on behalf of our chosen local Charity Fitzroy, on Sunday 10th July 2014. Unfortunately due to bad weather conditions it was reduced to 86 miles but Jamie rose to the challenge and completed the ride in 6 hrs 18 mins (this included stops). 

Abseiling for Charity

Two members of the PFS team undertook an abseil on behalf of our chosen local Charity Fitzroy, on Sunday 6th July 2014.  The event was well supported and as well as PFS raising over £1,500, hopefully raised the profile of this worthwhile Charity.

PFS are supporting the Armed Forces Covenant scheme from December 2013.  A link to their site can be found on the links tab of our website.