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Shortlist announced for 2024 Jane Grigson Trust Award

The Oxford Cultural Collective is proud to support the prestigious Jane Grigson Trust Award for first-time authors of books about food or drink. The 2024 shortlist is now published.

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Jack Feeny – winner of the OCC Trust Lou Willcock Scholarship – making his mark in hospitality

One year after winning the Lou Willcock Scholarship from the OCC Trust, Jack Feeny’s impact and profile are rising. As a champion of ethical practice, he’s making his mark in hospitality.

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Regenerative Hospitality Summit 2024 – Transylvania – 5th to 8th May 2024

Join us to explore the power of hospitality, food and drink organisations to help natural ecosystems, communities and places thrive.

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OCC 2023 – and finally

Whilst most of the Oxford Cultural Collective’s projects have a strong sense of social purpose – its events are hopefully also recognised for being great fun.

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OCC 2023 – in Northern Ireland

Throughout 2023 the Oxford Cultural Collective continued to work with multiple agencies to develop and promote Northern Ireland as a leading food and drink destination.

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OCC 2023 – with Ulster University

OCC and Ulster University’s Culinary Salon dinners have continued to provide students with amazing learning opportunities, whilst also becoming much anticipated gastronomic events.

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OCC 2023 – The Team

OCC Patrons have continued to provide invaluable advice and support throughout 2023, as well as shaping projects that reflect their own interests and aspirations.

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OCC 2023 – Culinary Diplomacy

OCC and the US Embassy in London continue to celebrate the progressive impact of key figures from food and hospitality.

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OCC 2023 – Supporting Partners

Throughout 2023 OCC continued to work with partners to embed progressive practice in food, drink and culture.

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OCC 2023 – the OCC Trust

Supporting young people building their careers in food, drink and hospitality.

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High on the Hog – latest Culinary Diplomacy event, featuring food historian Dr Jessica B Harris

The latest in the Culinary Diplomacy series from the Oxford Cultural collective and US Embassy in London celebrated the work of distinguished food historian Dr Jessica B Harris.

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Thriving – not just surviving – in the East and Southeast Asian hospitality sector

The Oxford Cultural Collective is working with Westmill Foods on a project to support hospitality businesses in the East and Southeast Asian sector. 

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Stranraer Oyster Festival – regenerating community, place and the natural environment

The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to support one of the UK’s most dynamic local food festivals. 

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The 2024 Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food and Drink Writers is open for entries

The 2024 Jane Grigson Trust Award for first time writers of books about food and drink is now open for entries – with a closing date of 30th November.

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Ishita DasGupta wins the 2023 Yan-Kit So Award for Food Writers on Asia

The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to announce that Ishita DasGupta has won the 2023 Yan-Kit So Award for Food Writers on Asia.

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Shortlist announced – 2023 Yan-Kit So Award for Food Writers on Asia

The shortlist for the 2023 Yan-Kit So Award for Food Writers on Asia has been announced.

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Oxford Cultural Collective supports Stranraer Oyster Festival

The Oxford Cultural Collective is proud to support the 2023 Stranraer Oyster Festival, which is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors to the coastal town in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland, from 15th to 17th September.

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Cuisine and Culture 2023 – The Future Plate Summit

On 11th and 12th July, The Future Plate held its first annual Summit – Cuisine and Culture 2023 – which featured a range of thought-provoking panel discussions, interviews, live demos and social events.

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ANDI OLIVER HOSTS CULINARY SALON DINNER AT ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Andi Oliver, the much loved chef, TV presenter, author, and OCC Patron, hosted the latest Culinary Salon dinner, from the Oxford Cultural Collective and Ulster University’s Academy: the Centre for Food, Drink and Culture.

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Donald Sloan and Stanley Tucci, in conversation

Donald Sloan, OCC Chair, recently co-hosted a dinner with actor, writer and director Stanley Tucci.

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Ben McEwen and Julian George appointed to Oxford Cultural Collective Trust

The OCC Trust, the registered charity that supports the educational objectives of the Oxford Cultural Collective, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben McEwen and Julian George as trustees.

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Culinary Diplomacy – celebrating changemakers in food, drink and hospitality

The latest Culinary Diplomacy event from the Oxford Cultural Collective and US Embassy celebrated changemakers in food, drink and hospitality.

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Gok Wan and Ken Hom launch new OCC scholarship

Gok Wan and Ken Hom, two of the UK’s best-loved personalities hosted a dinner to launch the Golden Chopsticks Scholarship from the Oxford Cultural Collective.

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OCC curates Focus on Food Conference – shaping Belfast as a food and drink destination

The Oxford Cultural Collective was invited to curate a one-day conference in central Belfast, focused on the power of food, drink and hospitality to effect positive social change. The event was hosted by OCC Chair, Donald Sloan.

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Jack Feeny wins £10,000 Lou Willcock Scholarship from Oxford Cultural Collective

The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to announce that Jack Feeny is the winner of the 2023 Lou Willcock Scholarship.

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Jane Grigson Trust Award 2023 – shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2023 Jane Grigson Trust Award has been announced (21st February, 2023)

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Focus on Food Conference marks start of new food journey for Belfast

The Oxford Cultural Collective has been invited to curate Focus on Food, a high-profile, one-day conference, to be held at Belfast’s International Conference Centre on 28th March 2023.

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Antonio Carluccio Outreach programme at Ulster University promotes access to higher education

Ulster University, with generous funding from the Antonio Carluccio Foundation, in partnership with the Oxford Cultural Collective, runs a successful outreach programme designed to enhance the appeal of hospitality careers.

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Donate to the Lou Willcock Scholarship and support life changing experiences

Professor David Russell and Michelle Harbour explain why the Russell Partnership Collection has become a founding donor to the Lou Willcock Scholarship, and why they would urge others to follow their example.

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Complete the Inside Hospitality Survey 2023 – from Be Inclusive Hospitality

Be Inclusive Hospitality welcomes participation in its 2023 Inside Hospitality Survey, which explores current practice on equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Shortlist announced for £10,000 Lou Willcock Scholarship 2023

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Lou Willcock Scholarship.

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Head Chef – help to lead a unique, creative environment

Ulster University is seeking to appoint an outstanding Head Chef to play a central role in shaping the success of the Academy restaurant.

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£10,000 Lou Willcock Scholarship to support bespoke personal development

Apply for the Lou Willcock Scholarship, to receive a £10,000 grant to support your personal and professional development.

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Ken Hom awarded CBE for services to charity, culinary arts and education

At a ceremony in Paris on 4th November 2022, Dame Menna Rawlings, British Ambassador to France, presented OCC Patron Ken Hom with his CBE, for services to charity, culinary arts and charity.

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Felicity Cloake joins students in Belfast for Culinary Salon dinner

Guardian food writer and author Felicity Cloake hosted the most recent dinner in the Culinary Salon series, held in the Academy restaurant, Ulster University, in partnership with the Oxford Cultural Collective.

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Angela Maher appointed Chief Executive of Savoy Educational Trust

A member of the OCC team is moving into a high-profile role, supporting hospitality education across the whole of the UK.

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COOKING: SIMPLY AND WELL, FOR ONE OR MANY – BY JEREMY LEE

COOKING: SIMPLY AND WELL FOR ONE OR MANY, the first book from Jeremy Lee, Oxford Cultural Collective Patron and Chef Proprietor of Quo Vadis in London’s Soho, was published in September this year, to great acclaim.

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Anna Pollock appointed Patron of Oxford Cultural Collective

The Oxford Cultural Collective is thrilled to announce the appointment of Anna Pollock as one of two new Patrons. Anna is a renowned strategist and passionate advocate for operating hospitality and tourism in harmony with nature.

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Andi Oliver appointed Patron of Oxford Cultural Collective

The Oxford Cultural Collective is thrilled to announce the appointment of Andi Oliver as one of two new Patrons, along with environmental strategist Anna Pollock.

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£10,000 Lou Willcock Scholarship open for entries – from Oxford Cultural Collective

Secure a grant of up to £10,000 to support your personal and professional development. Open to those aged from 18 to 29, who are UK residents working or studying in hospitality or gastronomy.

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2023 Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia – still time to enter

Secure a bursary of £2500 to undertake a research trip to Asia, to support the production of your first cookbook.

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2023 Jane Grigson Award for new writers on food and drink is open for entries

The 2023 edition of the renowned award, which acts as a launch pad for early career food and drink writers, is now accepting applications.

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Bermondsey Larder supports launch of OCC Trust

The launch reception for the OCC Trust was held at, and generously supported by, Bermondsey Larder, part of an independent group of restaurants with which the Oxford Cultural Collective has a strong association.  

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Fundraising campaign for Lou Willcock Scholarship

The newly formed OCC Trust (registered charity) has launched a fundraising campaign for the Lou Willcock Scholarship. The Trust has set an initial fundraising target of £100,000 and has already raised £50,000 (as of 21st June 2022).

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Launch of Oxford Cultural Collective Trust (registered charity)

The OCC Trust, a registered charity that will support the progressive educational agenda of the Oxford Cultural Collective, was formally launched at a reception at the Bermondsey Larder restaurant, London, on 13th June 2022.

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Culinary Diplomacy – food, drink and hospitality as catalysts for progressive change in society

The third event in the Culinary Diplomacy series from the Oxford Cultural Collective and the US Embassy in London, took place in Belfast on 13th April 2022.

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Chef Ken Hom awarded honorary CBE for services to charity, culinary arts and education

Chef Ken Hom, Patron of the Oxford Cultural Collective, has been awarded an Honorary CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to charity, culinary arts and education.

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Gastronomy Summit 2022: Social events to build a sense of community

Complementing the formal Summit programme, memorable social events, featuring food prepared by a range of renowned chefs, helped foster new friendships and collaborations.

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Taste Tibet – Yan-Kit So Award winner Julie Kleeman on life as a first-time author

Donald Sloan in conversation Yan-Kit So Award Winner Julie Kleeman about life as a first-time author, restaurateur and cultural ambassador.

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Hospitality education in UK universities – is it in terminal decline?

Donald Sloan of the Oxford Cultural Collective and Ruud Reuland, former Head of Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, suggest time may be up for the established model of hospitality education in UK universities.

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