Top food hygiene awards for UCB chefs

June 2013

Following the unprecedented success UCB had at the British Cookery Championships Live Final in January, two more awards have been gained from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) by a student and a lecturer.

At a prestigious champagne and canapes awards ceremony at the House of Commons, first year Culinary Arts Management degree student, Thomas Downes recieved the National Junior Hygiene Chef of the Year trophy

Meanwhile, his chef mentor and lecturer, Mathew Shropshall was delighted to receive the National Senior Hygiene Chef of the Year trophy.

The judges were astounded that for the first time ever both winners came from the same establishment.

The CIEH is a registered charity and is the professional voice for environmental health, setting standards and accrediting courses and qualifications for its members and other environmental health practitioners. As an awarding body, the CIEH provides qualifications, events and support materials on topics relevant to health, wellbeing and safety to develop workplace skills and best practice.

Thomas Downes has been mentored through various culinary competitions by Mathew and impressed judges and industry professionals with his attention to detail regarding food and kitchen hygiene. 

I am really proud of Thomas and his achievements and it is tremendouse to think that we beat over 1000 chefs to win our awards. We promote very high standards of food and kitchen at UCB and these awards show great recognition from the industry. I am grateful to all my colleagues too for their support in helping us get this far

Mathew Shropshall


It was an amazing day for me & my family, we will remember this day for a long time.

Thomas Downes


Thomas and Mathew did really well. It is impressive for the University to win two awards in one day and our congratulations go to everyone involved in upholding such high standards

Geoff Ward, Chair, CIEH Ltd

Mathew and Thomas are pictured with Geoff Ward.