St John’s College, Cambridge, recently led a research mission to China to gather ideas on how to cater for its overseas visitors.
Leading 15 catering professionals from universities across the UK, catering and conference manager at St John’s College, Bill Brogan, organised the research mission in conjunction with The University of Caterers Organisation (TUCO).
The aim of the mission was to gain inspiration and to establish links with Chinese institutions including universities, technology corporations and catering businesses in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.
St John’s College is known to offer Chinese cuisine, and hosts dinners for Chinese groups from other Colleges, as well as conference delegates and business visitors from China.
Brogan, said: “Although some UK establishments claim to offer Chinese food, in reality they are just peddling a westernised version which is very far from authentic Chinese dishes.
“Our visits to five Chinese universities also highlighted differences in service trends between the UK and China. There’s a lot we can learn from Chinese universities; the numbers they are catering for are amazing.”