Ken Hom presents donation to Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Chef Ken Hom has strengthened his relationship with Oxford Brookes University by donating £22,500 to support students in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.
Ken’s gift will be used to support the Bacchus Mentoring Programme, through which every final year undergraduate and every postgraduate student is assigned a mentor from industry.
Unique in the British Higher Education sector, the programme enables students to develop their own network of senior professional contacts before leaving university.
Since 2007 Ken has been a Patron of Oxford Gastronomica, Oxford Brookes University’s centre for the study of food, drink and culture. The centre was the catalyst for the creation of the university’s Master of Arts in Food, Wine and Culture, offered in association with the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon. This is an academic programme to which Ken regularly contributes – interacting with students and speaking at networking events.
This is not the first time that Ken Hom has given a major gift to Oxford Brookes. In 2009 he donated his entire private library, and in doing so has helped the university create one of the world’s most significant collections of culinary texts.
Ken’s books joined the collections of Jane Grigson, John Fuller and Prue Leith to form the Oxford Gastronomica Library, which is used extensively by students, academics, visiting scholars and food writers.
Oxford Brookes hosts the annual Ken Hom Lecture, which has been delivered by Lord Patten of Barnes, Cherie Blair, Sheila Dillon, Jancis Robinson and Nick Lander.
In 2007 Oxford Brookes University awarded Ken an Honorary Doctorate of Business, in recognition of his contribution to the international hospitality industry.
Commenting on his financial donation, Ken commented: “I very much feel part of the team of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management. I truly believe that education is the most powerful force for promoting cultural understanding, and it is clear that students greatly improve their chances of finding success and contentment in life. At Oxford Brookes University you see world-class programmes that are promoting the serious study of food and drink and their place in culture – something that I have dedicated myself to throughout my career.”
Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management acknowledged Ken’s long-term support: “This latest financial donation from Ken is testament to his incredible generosity and his dedication to enhancing the quality of education for all our students. He has always taken a hands-on approach, spending time getting to know students, sharing insights and encouraging them to succeed. He has played a key role in our ambition to become the UK’s leading centre for gastronomic education.”