Shamari Steele

Shamari Steele

Monday, 19 June 2017 11:18


The people who make up TUCO have come from all walks of life.

This month, we catch up with David Nuttall, catering manager at Harper Adams University, to learn more about his career experiences...



Coming up to 12 years now. Harper Adams is a fantastic university with a great ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude from all the staff. It’s a small university, which makes us nimble and able to react quickly to whatever is thrown at us. In particular, the catering team that work tirelessly in a constant drive to deliver the best sustainable service and food we can and I’m sure this has helped us gain first place in ‘student experience’ in the Times Higher Education Survey this year. I’m really proud of all the catering staff here and their ability to strive for excellence in delivery to students and conference guests and again I’m sure the team members helped the university win What the University of the Year twice in a row.


After completing my catering qualifications I travelled the world for six years working in 12 countries until settling into the university sector at the University of Central Lancashire for three years then as an executive head chef
at Bradford University for six years.


I’m really proud of completing a couple of master’s degrees in my spare time while working in this challenging hospitality sector. This has led me to advise the government on food safety issues within our industry.
I’m honoured to be a board member of TUCO and shout about the benefit of in-house caterers. The biggest highlight at Harper was collecting a Catey award on behalf of all my team, which is an amazing achievement for such a small team but great recognition for their hard work.


First and foremost, university catering brought me home to Preston, but I  soon realised the sector had so much more to offer in terms of challenges. The sector does benefit from a better work-life balance compared to restaurants and hotels. Other than spending five years studying in universities and colleges I knew very little about the sector, yet it’s been a thoroughly rewarding 21 years.


At Harper Adams, it’s the people – team members, vibrant young students and diverse conference guests. As a sector, the TUCO family who embrace each other with great ideas, support, and an ongoing drive to raise the bar.

We Will be carrying out two surveys to get your feedback on the level of service you are getting from the supplier(s) that are supplying you as part of the Sandwiches and Vending Supplier Framework Agreement.


Supplier Assessment - Sandwiches Framework 2017

(Closes on Monday 26th June 2017)


Supplier Assessment - Vending Framework 2017

(Closes Wednesday 28th June 2017)



Palmer & Harvey

Fruit & Veg
Fruit & Veg Fruit
Ribble Farm Fare
The Veg Factor

Innovative Food Concepts

Milk & Bread

Chef in a Box



Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers


Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Frozen & Chilled

Hot Beverage

Meat & Poultry
Fresh Pastures

Milk & Bread
Coultons Bread
Fresh Pastures
West Horsley

New promotions

New documents
Alcohol - Updated contract review notes
Catering Light & Heavy Equipment - Contract Review notes
Oliver Kay - Gluten Free products, Crop Report
Arthur David - Produce Report
Birtwistles - Specials, June Market Report, Burger Case Configuration

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:22

June 2017 Magazine out now!

We have travelled to universities in the US on the TUCO Study Tours we are often surprised to discover just how commercial the catering over there has become. Food courts resemble the catering outlets one would fi nd in a shopping centre, with numerous brands all in one place and little in the way of own-brand, in-house concepts. This trend is slowly but surely making its way over here, with some brave TUCO members dipping their toes into this market before anyone else.

Click here to read the full magazine...

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:58

Kitchen Cuts

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June,” said Al Bernstein. I don’t know who June was but I did once meet a girl named June in June.

It’s only another month and the academic year will be over again. It’ll soon be Christmas! Until then it’s summer schools, conferences and proms – how soon the year flies by. Planning for the students’ return was high on the agenda in March so we’ve been cooking some new street food menu ideas for later in the year and here are a couple of dishes from our test kitchen. I’m using mackerel and nectarines, which are in season this month, then a non-meat offering of lentils and spinach from Lebanon. All pretty healthy stuff and good for the brain, perfect for the theme of the TUCO Conference.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:53

Raynors Wins SAMMIE

Raynor Foods has won the British Sandwich Association (BSA)’s 2017 Technical Excellence Award at the Sammies, the sandwich industry Oscars.
NPD manager Debbie Shand won the award in partnership with Lynda Breeds of Green Gourmet, a Raynors customer supplying frozen products into the travel and education sectors. They worked together on a project to make gluten-free tortilla wraps from scratch, so that they could be turned into a range of glutenfree burritos, suitable for anyone to eat.
As Raynors is an established gluten-free food supplier, making gluten-free products for their own branded range, Green Gourmet came to them for help in making their gluten-free concept a reality. Shand said: “The project was challenging as we had a very tight brief, and quite a restricted timescale in which to deliver the procedures and tested over and over again, until we were sure that we could produce a top-quality gluten-free product that met our customer’s needs. “It was a lot of work, with a number of technical issues that had to be resolved, but our close working relationship meant we managed to deliver on time! I am so pleased that the BSA has recognised the work we did.”

Friday, 09 June 2017 10:35

Meet a Speaker : Adam Kingl

Adam Kingl 

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Adam Kingl - Executive Director of Thought Leadership, London Business School
We are pleased to welcome Adam as a keynote speaker at Conference this year.

Within his role at the London Business School, Adam is responsible for curating and transforming the School's cutting edge thinking into many formats in order to impact how the world does business.

Adam has also comprehensively researched leadership and the future of business. From a practical perspective, he advises on a variety of topics such as how to improve strategic (business model) innovation, management/leadership innovation, and organisational and personal purpose in work life.

Adam has spoken at conferences including; the Global Leadership Summit, FT-Coca Cola Enterprises Future of Sustainability Summit, HR Directors Business Summit and many more.

Following his extensive research on work and leadership paradigms, Adam's keynote session will cover innovation, management, change and the future of your business.

Click here to watch his session at the European HR Directors Business Summit in Barcelona, May 2015.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:49

Meet a Speaker : Sir Steve Redgrave

Sir Steve Redgrave

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We are sure that you'll be delighted to learn that Sir Steve Redgrave will be joining us as a keynote speaker at the TUCO Conference.

Five-time Olympic Gold Medallist and Vice President of the British Olympic Association, Sir Steve Redgrave, is not only the world's greatest oarsman but also an author and respected philanthropist.
Sir Steve's experiences during his career enabled him to relate strongly to the Conference's theme of Health, Wealth & Wellbeing, as his athletic accolades were achieved against a background of serious illnesses including colitis and diabetes.
Since his Olympic success, Sir Steve has set up The Steve Redgrave Trust which is dedicated to raising money for children's charities, he helped to set up Sports Relief and is also Honorary Vice President of Diabetes UK.

During his keynote session on Wednesday 26th July, Sir Steve's talk on Endurance and Overcoming Adversity will offer insight on how to battle obstacles in order to achieve.
Click here to read Sir Steve's view on dealing with Crohn's and Colitis.


Litmus has been engaged by TUCO to collate a food and drink benchmark database to determine the movement of prices between Higher Education establishments and the High Street and to produce both electronic and hard copy reporting to deliver results and analysis.
Pricing is being stored in a database to allow future interrogation and comparison.
A total of 313 products were included in an online survey for the 2016/17 research which TUCO members completed with their current pricing. The products were categorised into six eatery types: Cafes, Dining Rooms, Bars, Shops, Delivered Catering, Student Unions and further categorised into food categories (including Hot Beverages, Cold Beverages, Alcohol, Sandwiches).



Summary Pricing Research Report



TUCO are embarking on another Cycle Challenge for 2017, this time raising money for Mary’s Meals. This year’s challenge is aimed at experienced cyclists who can ride 100 miles in 12 hours or under and groups will be made up of members, partners and suppliers.

This incredible challenge will not only push cyclists to their physical limits but enable them to make a difference to people’s lives.

If we reach our target of four groups of ten cyclists, with each person raising just £200 each that’s 575 children fed for an entire year! So, what are you waiting for? Register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and start your training today.

Additionally, TUCO has set up a donation page via Mary's Meal website to encourage all suppliers and members to donate to this fantastic cause.



Mary’s Meals – How will your money help?

Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.



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