Vegan menu at Glasgow is best in Scotland

Issued: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 13:55:00 BST

For the second year in a row the University of Glasgow has been highlighted as providing one of the best vegan menus in the UK.

Glasgow came second in a competition run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to find the most vegetarian-friendly university, narrowly missing out on the top spot to the University of Nottingham.

The University was the only Scottish institution to feature in the competition having been nominated by its own students. It was up against 14 other universities with a public vote on the internet to decide the winner.

The team of chefs at Glasgow, led by executive chef Scott Girvan and French head chef Nico Ferrand, had entered a mouth-watering selection of dishes into the competition – garden burger with fries, sweet corn and relish; dim sum assortment with sweet chilli dip; and red lentil dhal with Indian spices and cucumber.

Scott said: “Despite missing out on top spot we are delighted that our vegan menu has been recognised as one of the best in the UK.

“We’ve worked hard to create a wide selection of vegan dishes which are not only very healthy but very tasty too and they have proven very popular with staff, students and visitors to the hospitality services at the University.”

Paul Philbrow, from the Vegan Society of the University of Glasgow, said: “We’ve worked closely with the chefs at Glasgow to help them devise a wonderful vegan menu and they’ve been really enthusiastic in creating some excellent dishes. This recognition is testament to all their hard work and I would invite everyone to try it for themselves.”

The PETA judges said: “Glasgow has been pipped at the post again by Nottingham – and we can tell you it was a close one. Glasgow sources ingredients from local suppliers, allowing the university to find the speciality items it needs to create its dishes.”

The University of Glasgow was the first university in the UK to receive Vegan Society accreditation for its menu. Its restaurants, which are open to the public, offer up a 15-dish vegan menu on a three-week rotation which is changed three times a year, alongside a wide selection of non-vegetarian dishes and foods.

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