Double award win 'icing on the cake' for Hallam hospitality lecturer

A Sheffield Hallam University lecturer who won two awards for his services to the hospitality industry has said they are the 'icing on the cake' of his career. 

Mick Burke, who is an associate lecturer on Hospitality and Culinary Arts courses at Hallam, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Master Chefs of Great Britain and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Pastry Chefs.

He was presented with the awards during the Gala Dinner at the 20th Skills for Chefs Conference hosted by the University of Sheffield. 

This is the first time the award from the Master Chefs of Great Britain has been presented and Mick is only the fifth recipient of the Association of Pastry Chefs award in its 24-year history. 

Household names including Tom Kerridge and Cyrus Todiwala OBE took part in the two-day conference where over 300 people from the food industry came together.  

Mick said his love of cooking started at school where he was the only boy to take O-Level cooking and was encouraged by his teacher to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. 

He went on to train in France, Switzerland and with Raymond Blanc at Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and later worked at Claridge's, London. 

Speaking after receiving his awards, Mick said: "It was a very proud moment for me and really the icing on the cake for my career. 

"Some of the people who have received this award before me are chefs that have inspired me and had a huge influence on me so I feel humbled to be in such esteemed company." 

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