Edinburgh First’s dedicated team of experienced staff has been recognised in The University Caterers Organisation Ltd (TUCO Ltd) Awards. Rebecca Roberts (23), conference and banqueting supervisor was awarded silver in the Food Service Challenge.

The TUCO Awards comprise a wide range of skills-based competitions for catering staff holding in-house positions in higher and further education establishments. This year’s competitions were held earlier this month in Blackpool.

The Food Service Challenge is open to all food service staff that provide front of house services in the university catering sector. Rebecca had to demonstrate that she consistently delivered a first-class dining experience thorough excellent customer care, product knowledge and teamwork amongst other key skills essential to working in food service.

Ian Macaulay, assistant director (catering) at The University of Edinburgh, commented:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Rebecca and clearly illustrates the progress she has made since joining us in 2012.  Rebecca was recently promoted to Conference and Banqueting Supervisor and this award is another terrific way of recognising her hard work and achievements. Entering competitions and awards has become an integral part of staff training and development across the catering industry. It’s a great opportunity for our staff to hone their food service skills and measure themselves against others in the profession.”

Jennifer Hart (22) Edinburgh First’s conference and banqueting assistant also competed in the TUCO Awards this year for the first time and is looking forward to returning next year to hopefully follow in Rebecca’s footsteps.

TUCO Ltd is a membership organisation representing all in-house caterers operating within the higher and further education sectors.

Photo caption from left to right: Jennifer Hart, TUCO Awards judge Luigi Spotorno and Food Service Challenge silver award winner Rebecca Roberts.