2020 Competitions Event - Cancelled

In light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the TUCO Competitions for 2020.

We appreciate this news will be a disappointment to many – not least the competitors who have worked so hard in preparation for the event – however, our priority is ensuring TUCO members, staff and partners continue to stay safe and well during this pandemic. All delegates and competitors have been informed directly.

If you are a competitor we have emailed you to confirm that if you wish to compete in the 2021 Competitions we will automatically be in touch and upgrade you to guaranteed competitor status so you won't need to re-apply.

We look forward to seeing you for a great Competitions event in 2021.


Chefs Challenge



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The Chefs' Challenge is for a team of two chefs challenged to cook a three-course meal of two covers in two hours.

To challenge the skills of the chefs a mystery box of ingredients that may be used in the competition is revealed at a briefing the evening before the cook off.  Chefs then have just over two hours to conceive and plan the menu they will cook using these ingredients.

Competition duration: 120-minutes

The competition is open to all levels and is an opportunity to demonstrate team work, skills and talent.

An audience will be able to watch as our eight kitchen stations cook the food in front of them.

Equipment provided in the kitchens include;

  • electric four-ring hob and oven
  • electric salamander grill
  • preparation tables

Teams are to provide their own crockery, carriers, sauce boats etc

Our judges will offer written feedback to all entrants.

We are delighted to confirm this year's finalists:

  • Ype van der Schaaf & Martin Rodgers - Forth Valley College
  • David Boothby & James Tudor - Keele University
  • Paul Roman & Dean Forester - King's College London
  • Harry Pond & Luke Schofield - Loughborough University
  • Philip Olivant & Gary Hunt - Staffordshire University
  • Mark Donovan & Douglas Shewan - University of Aberdeen
  • Chris Murphy & Richard Williams - University of Chester
  • Stephen Sadler & Callum Reeve - University of East Anglia
  • Richard Still & Janet Szypillo - University of Exeter
  • Samuel Ranger & Gary Rogers - University of Kent
  • Ashley Podgers & Debbie Ellis - University of Leicester
  • David Martin & Ray Hardy - University of York


If you have any queries or questions before or after you have entered, feel free to email us on [email protected] or call the event team on 0344 571 8208.