Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:08

First speakers announced for TUCO Conference

Plans are in full swing for this year’s TUCO Conference and booking is now open! The University of Hull is opening its doors to TUCO members for the 2018 event, which takes place from 23rd-25th July.

The theme of the event is ‘Yesterday, today, tomorrow’ and we can already reveal some of the speakers and features, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

We are delighted to reveal the host who will be guiding us through the three days of conference. British journalist and TV presenter Bill Turnbull, who is perhaps best known for his tenure on the red sofa on BBC Breakfast for many years but who we most recently saw incorporating his own honey into his creations on Great British Bake Off, will be the TUCO Conference host.

The TUCO Conference will have a real variety of speakers this year, from motivational talks to workshops on how to make changes to your catering business.

Already we can announce that former Labour MP Alan Johnson will be one of our keynote speakers. Johnson, who served as home secretary from 2009 to 2010, was MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle from 1997 until 2017 and was one of Tony Blair’s stalwarts under New Labour.

The breakout seminars will return to the TUCO Conference format, allowing delegates to pick and choose the sessions they want to join and enjoy more interactive events with a smaller group.

One of the seminars will be led by food writer and critic Matthew Fort, who is best known as a judge on Great British Menu but is also the food and drink editor of The Guardian and writes for Esquire, Decanter and Country Living.

In addition to speakers, the TUCO Conference will have its usual mix of exhibition, campus tours, networking and social events, that make it an unmissable event and one to save in your calendar!

You can book your three-night package for £315 +VAT, which includes accommodation, dinners and conference place on all three days.

Book your place today online at

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