Cambridge chef picks up industry award
A catering and conference manager at a Cambridge College has recently won a major industry award for his significant contribution to educational catering in the UK.
Bill Brogan from St John’s College was given the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ accolade at the annual conference held by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), in recognition of his considerable work over many years.
This included Brogan’s running of a highly professional and successful hospitality operation at St John’s College, as well as his dedication to innovation and sustainability.
The award also recognised his support to TUCO in organising and hosting several study tours which help to broaden the skills and experience of in-house caterers by visiting other countries, learning from universities and hospitality establishments around the world.
On receiving his award, Brogan said: “I am absolutely delighted to win. TUCO is a great organisation which has grown in leaps and bounds over the last six years, in all areas including procurement, sustainability and support for the academy and study tours. It has been wonderful to be involved with them along the journey.”
In his role at St John’s College, Brogan has championed sustainable catering by holding insect tasting dinners and inviting guests to share new developments with the team. He has also introduced a comprehensive staff training programme which includes topics as diverse as management training, front of house skills, wine appreciation and service, vegan cookery and allergy awareness.
TUCO is the leading professional membership body for in-house caterers operating in the higher, further education and public sectors. It is committed to advancing the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams, and works to provide quality standards, advice and information to those working in in-house catering.
Caption: Left Bill Brogan from St John’s College receives his Award for Outstanding Achievement from TUCO Chair Matt White.