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.


Cook & Serve




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Prepare, cook and serve a three-course meal for six covers, two covers presented to the judges and four covers served to diners at a laid table.  The team is to consist of one chef, one commis and one waiter. 

The meal must consist of a fish starter, lamb main course and a rhubarb and apple based dessert.

Competition duration: 30-minutes for table lay-up, 135-minutes to cook and present all dishes

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, food items and all items for the guests table.


Our judges will offer written feedback to all entrants.

We are delighted to confirm this year's finalists:

  • Rufaro Saunyama, Arran Muirhead & Michal Tomaszewski - Forth Valley College
  • Lewis Linley, Vikram Razdan & Erick Ordonez-Ramos - King's College London
  • Harry Pond, Luke Schofield & Darren Harrison - Loughborough University
  • Craig Brown, Emilie Chalmers & Kirstin Breeze - University of Edinburgh


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.