The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to support one of the UK’s most dynamic local food festivals.
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.
The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to announce that Ishita DasGupta has won the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Sloan, OCC Chair, recently co-hosted a dinner with actor, writer and director Stanley Tucci.
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.
The latest Culinary Diplomacy event from the Oxford Cultural Collective and US Embassy celebrated changemakers in food, drink and hospitality.
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.
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.
The Oxford Cultural Collective is delighted to announce that Jack Feeny is the winner of the 2023 Lou Willcock Scholarship.
The shortlist for the 2023 Jane Grigson Trust Award has been announced (21st February, 2023)
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.
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.
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.
Be Inclusive Hospitality welcomes participation in its 2023 Inside Hospitality Survey, which explores current practice on equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Lou Willcock Scholarship.
Ulster University is seeking to appoint an outstanding Head Chef to play a central role in shaping the success of the Academy restaurant.
Apply for the Lou Willcock Scholarship, to receive a £10,000 grant to support your personal and professional development.
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.
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.
A member of the OCC team is moving into a high-profile role, supporting hospitality education across the whole of the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secure a bursary of £2500 to undertake a research trip to Asia, to support the production of your first cookbook.
The 2023 edition of the renowned award, which acts as a launch pad for early career food and drink writers, is now accepting applications.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Complementing the formal Summit programme, memorable social events, featuring food prepared by a range of renowned chefs, helped foster new friendships and collaborations.
Donald Sloan in conversation Yan-Kit So Award Winner Julie Kleeman about life as a first-time author, restaurateur and cultural ambassador.
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.
In addition to contributions from distinguished keynote speakers, Gastronomy Summit 2022 welcomed academics from a range of universities worldwide, who presented on their current research, teaching and external impact.
The quality of keynote contributions and the richness of discussions they inspired, built a collective sense that the Summit should be a recurring event, serving as a platform for those promoting more progressive thinking and practice in food, drink and hospitality.
The next event in the Culinary Diplomacy series will be a lunch on 13th April, as part of Gastronomy Summit 2022, an international gathering of academics and food industry professionals taking place at Ulster University, Belfast.
Drawing on her extensive experience as a food writer, Melissa Thompson will consider ways in which systemic racism is limiting career progression for food professionals of African and Caribbean origin working in the UK. She will explore tactics for community empowerment and reflect on how we might tackle embedded prejudice.
In conversation with Donald Sloan, Dan will the explore the world’s most endangered food cultures, and propose what we must do to protect the diverse communities they represent.
The Gastronomy Summit 2022 Gala Dinner, at Belfast City Hall on 13th April, will showcase and celebrate the produce and talent that defines Northern Ireland as a leading food and drink destination.
Gastronomy Summit 2022. In this session Michael Caines MBE and Marc Millon will consider close collaboration amongst food and drink professionals, as the key to creating a world-class gastronomic destination.
In her keynote session, distinguished culinary historian Dr Jessica B. Harris, will explore how the study of culinary history can reveal hidden and suppressed stories and, in doing so, instill confidence across communities.
Dinner at Gastronomy Summit 2022, on 12th April, will be prepared by Ghanaian-British cook and curator, Akwasi Brenya-Mensa, in partnership with culinary arts management students from Ulster University.
The role of higher education in supporting local food systems will form a key feature of Gastronomy Summit 2022.
Romy Gill MBE prepared the first in a new Culinary Salon series of dinners, jointly hosted by the Oxford Cultural Collective and Ulster University.
Chef, writer and entrepreneur Gaston Acurio, Peru’s leading culinary ambassador, will be joining us in Belfast for Gastronomy Summit 2022.