Vegan tour displays ‘breathtaking’ catering options to university chefs

The University Caterers Organisation launches its first plant-based tour

The membership body for university caterers has run its first plant-based study tour with chefs describing the choice of vegan food as “breathtaking”.

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) holds regular study tours to broaden the horizons of its patrons. To chime with the rising vegan and vegetarian diet trend, the group organised a trip to London.

There are few sectors where demand for plant-based food is as explosive as in universities

William Matier, founder and new business development director at Vegetarian Express which partnered for the tour, said: “There are few sectors where demand for plant-based food is as explosive as in universities.”

Rob Doidge, trading head chef at the University of Exeter, said of the tour: “The vast choice of vegan food in London was quite breathtaking. This not only gave us the chance to broaden our horizons in this area of cuisine, it also gave us the chance to meet other caterers from other universities to discuss their viewpoints and the way they cater for their students.”

Sarah Mcloughlin, head of academy at TUCO said, “Delegates on the tour were given the opportunity to taste a wide variety of dishes, from street food to formal dining in this increasingly in-demand food choice and they have returned to work inspired with new ideas for their menus.”

TUCO plans to run the study tour again in London and Manchester.