University of Ottawa Residential Dining Brings Home the Gold

June 28th, 2021, Ottawa, Canada – The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) announces the University of Ottawa as a recipient of the NACUFS 2020 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The University of Ottawa received a Gold award in the category of Residential Dining Concept for large institutions. Named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Fifty-eight member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories, including Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining Facility, Residential Dining—Special Event, Retail Sales—Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, Catering—Special Event, and Catering—Online Menu.

A team of six judges and a committee chair safely gathered in East Lansing in June 2021 to examine each entry and selected top candidates in each category. All winners are listed here. The Grand Prize winners will be announced at a later date.

Competing for one of these prestigious awards helps market the dining program as a winning program and builds a sense of pride and team spirit among dining staff. Sharing creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals is a key component of NACUFS membership.

“We are thrilled for the University of Ottawa Dining Services to be recognized as one of the top student resident dining experiences in North America through this award,” said Derek Küffer, Resident District Manager & General Manager for Chartwells Canada. “This award reflects the passion and dedication of our associates, combined with our commitment to going above and beyond to care for our campus community. Our determination to always put students first in all our decisions is the key component in our constant drive for excellence.  We are very proud of our team’s hard work and enthusiasm being recognized through this award.”


The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking.

NACUFS institutional members include private colleges to large public universities, and two-year colleges to four-year universities and span the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions, and other professional groups. For more information, visit

About Chartwells

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.


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Chartwells / Compass Group Canada

Laurelle Knox

Manager, Corporate Communications


Compass Group

We are Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations throughout the country across a variety of sectors.

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