Vegan cookery will be under the scrutiny of the judges for the first time this year at the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) Annual Skills Competitions.
Now open for entries, the competition has launched three new categories for 2020 to reflect the latest food and drink industry trends. As well as the Vegan Challenge, involving competitors cooking two portions of a dish that appeals to vegans and meat-eaters alike; there is also the Innovative Breakfast Challenge, which will involve a twist or fusion of a traditional breakfast meal; and the Love British Food Challenge requiring two main portions of pork to be cooked and served with accompaniments.
Matthew White, chairman of TUCO said: "Every year the event grows as we create new categories and respond to competitor feedback from previous years.
"This renowned competition gives college and university caterers the change to showcase their skills and talents and provides an amazing opportunity for the industry to come together, inspire others and most importantly learn from one another."
The Cook and Serve Challenge, involving teams of three contestants preparing a three-course lunch menu, is the highlight of the event. There is also a Mixology competition and Barista Skills challenge.
The finals will take place at the University of Warwick on 7 and 8 April.
Interested candidates have until 5pm on the 31 January to apply. Further details are available here: https://www.tuco.ac.uk/academy/competitions