Shortlist revealed for inaugural U Dine Awards

The U Dine Awards have been established to celebrate and recognise excellence in the university hospitality sector

The shortlist of nominees for the inaugural U Dine Awards has been revealed.

Supported by the Institute of Hospitality and organised by Inside Foodservice and University Hospitality Seminars, the awards were established to celebrate and recognise excellence in the university hospitality sector.

“The number of entries exceeded all expectations, and many congratulations to those shortlisted,” said David McKown, director of University Hospitality Seminars.

“These new awards are important for the sector since they will raise awareness of the excellent work undertaken over the last two years by university caterers, at a time they have had to innovate and pivot their operations to meet the needs of students on campus and conference business.

“The work undertaken in the field of sustainability also needs to be spotlighted and many university caterers have excellent strategies to achieve net zero.”

The U Dine Awards’ networking event and dinner will be held at Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham, on Thursday 16 June.

Chef, broadcaster and writer, Brian Turner, will host the ceremony, with category winners set to enjoy a European food study tour of Tuscany in September.


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Twenty-four entries have been shortlisted across six categories:

Street food award  

Newcastle University 

University of Kent 

University of Leeds 

University of Nottingham 

Sustainability initiative award  

University of Sheffield 

University College London

University of York 

University of Edinburgh

Best university venue award

University of Arts London

University of Glasgow

Northumbria University

King’s College London

Café concept award

University of Leicester

University of Loughborough

King’s College London

University of Huddersfield

Delivered in catering award

University of Edinburgh

Queen’s University Belfast

University of Birmingham

University of York

Innovation and technology award

Chartwells

 University of Winchester

Manchester Metropolitan University

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