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Catering staff at Royal Holloway receive national awards

Rosa Smith

Catering staff from RHUL have received four prestigious national awards from industry competitions.

Carol Vallejo, head chef at The Hub won the Chef award in the annual Cost Sector Catering awards, which celebrates excellence in the foodservice industry across the private and public sectors. A major factor in Carol’s victory is her commitment to meeting the growing demand for vegan and vegetarian dishes at the largest place to eat on campus.

A team from Founders’ dining hall also won gold at The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) awards, in the Cook and Serve Challenge. The winning team were: Sous Chef, Gary Smith, Chef de Partie, Richard Bakaity and conference and hospitality shift leader Diana Comisescu. Additionally, Diana won the award for Best Service.

The Founders team had to cook and serve a three-course meal, complete with aperitif and wine to a table of four in a restaurant setting within a 90-minute timescale. This included creating a centrepiece for the table, menus, sourcing cutlery, serviettes and crockery.

Jack Wallis, a second year Media Arts student and part-time worker at a bar on campus , also won gold in the TUCO Bar Skills competition. The competition consisted of competitors having five minutes to produce and serve three original cocktails, while demonstrating excellent flavour, knowledge and technique. As a Media Arts student, Jack’s cocktails were all inspired by movies and TV shows which have been filmed at Royal Holloway.

His three cocktails were: Blood of a Gentleman, inspired by an episode of Midsomer Murders, Jack’s Marvel, inspired by the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and Adder’s Kiss, inspired by Basic Instinct 2.

Rosa Smith, News Editor

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