WARWICK University topped the leader board at the annual TUCO Competitions last week, securing an impressive five gold awards.
The prestigious national skills competition attracted more than 400 people to celebrate the exceptional talent within the higher education catering sector.
Chefs and baristas from the University of Warwick went head-to-head with catering teams from across the country to be named as winners in various challenges.
The university’s hospitality stars stood out from the crowd after demonstrating their expertise in a tense live final.
Judges were impressed by their accuracy, creative flair and presentation on the day.
Team leader, Dana-Maria Danut, won gold at the Barista Skills Challenge and was tasked with producing two espressos, two cappuccinos and two espresso-based, non-alcoholic speciality drinks in just 10 minutes.
She said: “It’s an honour to have been awarded this coveted title, especially as the competition was so tough this year.
“There is an incredible wealth of talent within the HE sector and competitions like this are a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together and showcase their skills.”
Winners of the awards were announced as:
TUCO Barista Skills Challenge: Dana-Maria Danut
TUCO Salon Culinaire, Cookie Challenge: Hayley Fry
TUCO Salon Culinaire, Decorative Exhibit: Mary Fry
TUCO Salon Culinaire, Plated Main Course: Peter Fry
TUCO Cook & Serve Challenge: Phil Thorpe, Zoran Zivkovic and Samantha Chick.
Matt White, chair of the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), said: “The performance from those competing at the University of Warwick was truly exceptional and they all thoroughly deserved to win.
“What really shone through was their passion, which is what makes the difference between a good chef or barista and a great one.”