University staff clean up at Industry Awards

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Posted on 26 March 2013

Staff from Keele University are celebrating after winning nine awards at The University Catering Organisation (TUCO) competition.

The TUCO Competition 2013 sees chefs and front of house professionals from Universities and Colleges across the U.K compete against each other to win coveted trophies. The annual event takes place at the Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Chris Corbishley a chef at Keele won Gold for his ‘Afternoon Tea’ presentation and Gold in the highly anticipated ‘Best In Class’ event which recognises the best dish out of all categories, for his selection of sweet and savoury delights including Macaroon Gerbert, Chocolate Delice, St Honore and savoury prawn Barquette.

Nathan Titterton, a Catering Assistant at Keele Hall competed against 10 other universities to bring home a silver award in the TUCO/Cubo Food Service Skills Challenge by demonstrating the traditional art of table presentation and three course lunch and wine service to the TUCO judges. This was the first time he had entered this competition.

Nathan said: “I left school not really knowing what I was good at. I’ve tried loads of jobs but left after only a few months. I’ve been at Keele for just over a year now and can honestly say it’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

“The managers here really believe in me and my abilities. I was so nervous entering the competition but I am so pleased to bring home this award for them as a thank you for the faith they have shown in me”

Other winners include: Ruby Rainey, Assistant Chef, who won a bronze award for her selection of canapés along with merits for her 'Restaurant Plate' and 'Afternoon Tea' presentation in the junior event. Dave Cooper, Assistant Chef gained a bronze award for his selection of canapés and a merit in 'Restaurant Plate' in the senior category and Alex Bowers, Catering Supervisor who won a bronze award for the 'Barista Skills Challenge'.

Susan Warrender, Head of Catering at Keele University said: “With Keele’s reputation for excellence we often enter competitions labelled as the ‘one to beat’ which can put added pressure on the staff taking part. Thanks to the team’s hard work, loyalty and passion for their work they didn’t disappoint and their achievements are something which the entire university is proud of.”