UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Last modified: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review.

The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a statement from the university. The guidebook ranks colleges and universities in 62 different categories.

UMass Amherst has been ranked among the top three schools in the best food category for the past four years. In 2012 and 2013, the university placed third. The university also placed second last year.

This year, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, took the top slot.

“We continue to feel honored for the recognition that our program has been granted,” Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst — which runs campus dining services — said in the statement. “We know that we have some of the best customers ever, our students, and they have helped shape what UMass Dining is today. We congratulate our peer in first place and at the same time are very proud of our accomplishments and will continue to innovate and serve healthy, sustainable and delicious meals.”

Toong thanked dining services managers, staff, suppliers, the university’s chancellor, Kumble R. Subbaswamy, and vice chancellor for administration and finance James Sheehan.

Dining services at UMass has received a string of awards and recognitions in recent years.

In June alone, the campus center’s Blue Wall eatery won the “Best Concept Award” from Food Management Magazine, and UMass dining chefs took the gold at the American Culinary Federation’s “Tastes of the World Culinary Conference” for the fifth year in a row.

UMass Amherst Dining operates four residential dining commons, five eateries at the Lincoln Campus Center, five cafes, the University Club, concessions, three markets, one mobile canteen and two food trucks, according to the statement. It also operates and on- and off-campus catering services.

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