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Gold - Vegan Challenge

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University Chef of the Year 2024

We are so proud of our Executive Head Chef, Richard Narramore who has just won the University Chef of the Year award at this years British Culinary Federation Awards. 

Richard has been working at the University for 30 years, having started at 16 and working up through the ranks. One of his most memorable highlights was cooking for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they came to our campus in 2012 to open the Forum Building. He has since led the culinary team through many other prestigious events, day to day operations and competitions and as he often says "there is never a dull moment". 

TUCO Competition awards scoop

Our team have just returned from the TUCO Competitions where we have bagged 3 awards! The TUCO Competitions have returned for the first year since covid, and our team have competed in many categories against other universities.

Competitions entered were the Barista Skills Challenge, Mixology Challenge, Seafood Skills Challenge, Vegan Challenge, Innovative Breakfast Challenge, Love British Food Challenge and the Chefs Challenge. It was an amazing experience to be able to showcase skills that may not be seen on a day to day basis. We are looking forward to the next year now that we are back in the swing! 

British Culinary Federation University Chef of the Year

Our Executive Chef, Richard Narramore has been crowned University Chef of the Year at this year's awards ceremony in London.

TUCO Competitions Gold - Seafood Skills

This competition was to create a dish with lemon sole, showing creativity and originality with a high standard of presentation.

TUCO Competitions Gold - Vegan Challenge

This popular competition was to create a vegan dish that will appeal to vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. 

TUCO Competitions Bronze - Innovative Breakfast Challenge

This challenge was to concoct a breakfast that can be eaten in a restaurant environment using innovative and traditional ingredients.

TUCO Award for Innovation - Forum Kitchen

We were thrilled to win the TUCO award for Innovation for Forum Kitchen.

Cubo Award - Creativity in Catering & Retail

A double win for Forum Kitchen - we also scooped the CUBO award for 'Creativity in Catering and Retail'.

One Star Fairtrade Universities and Colleges

We have a one star award in the Fairtrade Universities and Colleges accreditation. This is re-accredited every 2 years.

Sustainable Restaurant Association 3 Star

We have the highest possible grading in the SRA Food Made Good Sustainability standard.