Sudbury chefs power up with impressive Le Mans contract

Sudbury's Ashley Stock and Paul Bailey, owners of Stock and Bailey Catering, have won a contract to cater at next year's Le Mans race. Picture Mark Westley ANL-151216-115240009
Sudbury's Ashley Stock and Paul Bailey, owners of Stock and Bailey Catering, have won a contract to cater at next year's Le Mans race. Picture Mark Westley ANL-151216-115240009

Two Sudbury chefs are celebrating after securing a contract to provide posh catering during the prestigious Le Mans 24 hours race.

Trained chefs Paul Bailey (37) and Ashley Stock (27), who run mobile caterers Stock and Bailey Catering, have been asked to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week for the hundreds of Porsche Club members expected to attend the famous sportscar endurance race.

We are petrolheads ourselves so this is going to be amazing.

Paul Bailey

They will set up in a field near the track for the club’s 600 members who are expected to descend on the town in the south of France.

The focal of Stock and Bailey’s catering facilities is likely to be the pair’s luxurious £50,000, six metre diameter champagne bar.

It is a tremendous coup for the two chefs who set up their business in Station Road just 18 months ago.

Mr Bailey said: “We are over the moon. We can’t wait to get out there. We are petrolheads ourselves so this is going to be amazing.

He said: “We were invited to tender for the contract, went for interview and had a good rapport with the people there. We put on tastings and wrote a new menu.

“We also had to go out to Le Mans last week to view the site.

He added: “We hope to lift the level of catering and provide more flexible options for the Porsche Club members.

The Le Mans 24 hours race takes place on June 18 but is preceded by a week of activities.

But it will not be the last visit to Le Mans for the business. They have also been invited to provide catering at the Le Mans classic the following month.

Mr Bailey said the business had enjoyed an incredibly successful 18 months and had already doubled its turnover.

He said: “We’ve been very lucky with the amount of business coming from word of mouth.

“At every wedding we have catered for there has been someone who has booked us for the following year. We have twice provided catering at the Australian embassy in London. The reason for our success is that we provide top quality food more reasonably priced than other companies.”