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.



The Photography Challenge was launched in 2019 and saw some fantastic shots captured by our competitors.

The challenge consists of:

  • Shots from your university - capturing 'The Student Experience'
  • An onsite still life shoot
  • An onsite live shoot

The competitors receive privileged access to take photographs up-close to the live action of our theatre kitchens where the photographers need to take their moment to capture that killer shot.  This is followed by a still life shoot capturing the exhibits of our Salon Culinaire.  Further time is then allowed for any editing they may wish to do before submitting their shots to be judged.

As this is a live competition there will be spectators and you will be filmed with your work being shown on the main screens.

Our judges will offer written feedback to all entrants.

We are delighted to confirm this year's finalists:

  • Eleanor Blackmore - King's College London
  • Liam Hardingham - University of Cambridge
  • Philippa Page - University of Kent
  • Mike La Rosa - University of Leicester
  • Gary Adams - University of Reading
  • Jamie Tune - University of Sheffield

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.