In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is the NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award. Named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the Loyal E. Horton Award salutes the most successful ideas in menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts.
“It’s quite exciting for our team to take first place in this national ranking among universities,” says UC/ARAMARK Food Service Director Spyros Gravas. “It shows that our ‘Gold Medal dining program’ is on the right track to provide UC with the unique top-level food services that emphasize menu variety and nutritional soundness.” The team that developed the concepts for CenterCourt includes Gravas, Mike Toppin, associate food service director, Kiril Gallovitch, chef manager, and Philippe Audax, executive chef.
“Receiving the gold medal clearly indicates that CenterCourt is exceeding the standards and expectations of our peers across the country,” says Todd Duncan, UC director of Housing and Food Services. “To have two award-winning dining centers provides the university community with the ultimate choice in quality and variety.”
“It’s a huge honor to be nationally recognized by our peers with the first place award in the NACUFS Loyal E. Horton competition,” says Steven Sayers, associate vice president for Administrative and Business Services and director of Campus Services. “It’s also gratifying to see so many students, faculty, staff and campus visitors enjoying the food and service at CenterCourt day in and day out. It’s the reason we put so much effort into our food service operations.”
CenterCourt is one of the eateries along the University of Cincinnati MainStreet corridor that exemplifies UC|21 goals to establish a sense of place – creating an environment where members of the campus community and the community at large can spend time learning, living, playing and staying.