David McKown FIH from The University of Sheffield and Director of University Hospitality Seminars was presented with the MBE by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on 7 November for services to Hospitality Training and Catering.
“It was an amazing day and humbling to meet other recipients at the investiture” said David. “Many had done amazing charity work , outstanding sporting achievements and services to the armed forces”.
He went on to say “The Prince of Wales congratulated me on my award and he was very knowledgeable about hospitality training and education”.
An MBE is the latest in a long list of achievements for David during his career in hospitality training and education.
- In 1998, he created the internationally-renowned Skills for Chefs Conference, now in it’s 22nd year. The annual conference takes place every summer at The University of Sheffield.
- In 2004, he received a Cost Sector Catering Award for the university/college sector.
- In 2011, David became a Director of University Hospitality Seminars Ltd., a company that designs, organises and delivers training for staff working in higher education institutions across the UK. David has lectured at a wide range of institutions in England, Scotland and Wales.
- In 2012, David also created the annual national competition UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year, a vehicle to help young people carve a career in the hospitality industry.
- In 2015, he received a Catey Award for Education and Training in 2015. The Cateys are regarded as the industry Oscars.
- And in 2016, David became a Director of College and University Business Officers, advising the board on the strategic development and implementation of training programmes for the sector.
David is also a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.