Celebrity chef praises UCB's 'world beating' facilities

November 2016

One of India’s most celebrated chefs, whose food has been praised by Her Majesty the Queen, this week declared UCB’s culinary and hospitality facilities to be ‘the best in the world’.

Chef Satish Arora, whose illustrious career spanned five decades, was invited to visit the University’s campus in Birmingham’s Summer Row for a guided tour of the facilities, led by Professor Melvyn Pryer, Director of UCB’s International Student Centre.

Chef Arora said: “I have visited many institutes in my 50 year career, but I have not seen such a wonderful culinary and hospitality college in the world. All 15 kitchens in this college are state-of-the-art with modern equipment and professional chefs in attendance. All the other facilities are no less than five stars.”

India’s prestigious Taj Group gave Chef Arora his big break when at the age of just 26 they handed him the reins of the five-star kitchens at their flagship hotel in Mumbai. From there his career flourished. John Major is said to have ‘gone crazy’ over his Kid Lamb Curry, Her Majesty the Queen personally thanked him for the food he prepared at a state banquet, and France’s Francois Mitterrand gave his personal chef time off on his official visit to India to enjoy Chef Arora’s meals.

Prior to his retirement earlier this year, he was Director of Food Production at Taj SATS Air Catering Limited.

He was joined on the tour by his son Puneet Arora, the Deputy Managing Director of DSI Foods Ltd, who said: “We were very impressed by the set-up and the dedication with which UCB is run.”

The visiting delegation also found the time to give advice to our Culinary Arts Management degree students Peter Price and Hugo Montgomery about their menu planning for the forthcoming Zest Quest Asia competition, run by Chef Cyrus Todiwala with the Master Chefs of Great Britain.