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TUCO delivers inspiring 2017 conference line-up

TUCO delivers inspiring 2017 conference line-up

Hundreds of caterers from the Further and Higher Education sector gathered at the University of Nottingham last week (24-26 July) for the annual TUCO Conference.

Members of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) travelled from across the UK for the three-day event designed to drive learning, development and product innovation. This year focusing around ‘Health, Wealth and Wellbeing’, the event’s panel of high-profile speakers included award-winning food blogger, Deliciously Ella; five-time Olympic Champion, Sir Steve Redgrave; and Thomasina Miers, Co-Founder of Wahaca.

Matt White, Chair of TUCO, said: “Each year, at the Annual Conference, our ambition is not only to inspire members, but also share first-class knowledge so that they can incorporate new, up-to-date ideas into their own catering methods.

“I am delighted to say that this year’s packed events schedule didn’t fail to impress, with guests treated to a line-up of outstanding speakers providing an array of inspirational, thought-provoking, and fun sessions. Attendees had the chance to learn about everything from gastrophysics and multi-sensory dining to how to unleash potential through laughter and the key principles of brain food.

“This year, we also introduced our first ever TUCO Awards to recognise, and more importantly celebrate, the fantastic achievements and contributions of our member institutions. The quality of the award entries was extremely high and a real testament to all the hard work put in by FE and HE catering teams up and down the country. I would like to offer a massive congratulations to all the winners, as well as those who were shortlisted – they’ve really set the bar high for next year!”

The winners of the first TUCO Awards were revealed as:

  • Rising Star: Terri Sadler, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Innovation: The University of Leeds
  • Sustainability: The University of Manchester
  • TUCO Team of the Year: The University of Huddersfield
  • TUCO Member of the Year: The University of South Wales.

This year’s TUCO Conference also saw 16 TUCO members arrive by bike, after completing a 100-mile Cycle Challenge for the Chair’s charity, Mary’s Meals. The ride started in Manchester at TUCO’s HQ and finished 12 hours later at the University of Nottingham, raising a total of £12,500 for the charity, which aims to provide a meal every day for the world’s poorest children.

For more information about TUCO, visit or follow on Twitter @TUCOLtd

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