Since January 2016 Sarah Hartnett has been working as a freelance pastry chef, specializing in the concepts projects tailor made to her customers’ needs. Sarah has also contributed to the two most recent Belgian IBC catalogues for 2016 & 2017 and works closely with Barry- Callebaut as an Ambassador. Among her varying projects is the role of Chef Ambassador to UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, where she is working on food and coffee pairings.
Previous to this Sarah was Head Pastry Chef at the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly. She joined Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2003, where she spent ten years working with Andrew Bennett MBE.
During her time in London, Sarah has worked under the guidance of John Williams at Claridges and also Martyn Nail. She achieved the Award of Excellence in 1999 from the Academy of Culinary Arts.
Since joining the team at the Park Lane Hotel in 2004, Sarah’s talent has been recognised with a number of awards.
In 2009 Sarah and the Park Lane Hotel kitchen team won the award for “Establishing links with schools and colleges” at the HR & Hospitality for Excellence Awards. An active member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Sarah is joint-chairman for the pastry committee for the Annual Awards of Excellence.
Sarah has participated in many industry fund-raising events- to name a few- the Battle of Britain fundraising dinner at the Memorial Flight in Coningsby, Chefs For Heroes fund dinner at the Guildhall in London, Keech Hospice dinners, Breast Cancer Unit Charity, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust.
In 2010 Sarah won Pastry Chef of The Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Award. Also in 2010 Sarah was awarded the EAME Starwood “President’s Award”.
More recently in September 2014 Sarah has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Westminster Kingsway College for Excellence in Education and in 2016 Sarah was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, invested with John W.Reed