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.



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Brand new for 2020, the Love British Food challenge is to deliver two portions of a plated main course using British pork with suitable garnish and accompaniments.

Competition duration: 60-minutes

The competition is open to all levels and is an opportunity to demonstrate 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

You are to provide everything for your dishes from the crockery, carriers, sauce boats etc and all ingredients with the exception of the pork.

LBFCYou may find information on the Love British food website www.lovebritishfood.co.uk we are delighted to partner with the Love British Food campaign for this competition.

The challenge takes place on Tuesday 7th April in the morning.

Our judges will offer written feedback to all entrants.



We are delighted to confirm this year's finalists:

  • Stuart Kennedy - Lancaster University
  • Bradley Newsome - University of Chester
  • Mark North - University of Chester
  • Craig English - University of Edinburgh
  • Tristan Babington-Taylor - University of Exeter
  • Alex Maria - University of Reading
  • Lee Springett - University of Reading
  • Luke Rhodes - University of Sheffield
  • David Webb - University of Warwick
  • Ryan Dare - University of Warwick
  • Stephen Doyle - University of Winchester
  • 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.