David McKown 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, 2019 for services to hospitality and catering.
McKown commented after the day telling us: “it was an amazing day and humbling to meet other recipients at the investiture, many had done amazing charity work, outstanding sporting achievements and services to the armed forces.
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 McKown during his career in hospitality training and education.
In 1998, he created the internationally-renowned Skills for Chefs Conference which takes place every summer at our University. This year will be the 22nd annual conference. In 2004, he received a Cost Sector Catering Award for the university/college sector.
In 2011, McKown 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.
McKown also created the annual national competition UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year in 2012, and a Catey Award for Education and Training in 2015.
He also became a Director of College and University Business Officers in 2016 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.
Knowing David, we are delighted to join many others across the hospitality and catering industry in the UK congratulating him on his well deserved award for services to hospitality and catering.