Former army chef from Forest Town is named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

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An Army veteran has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his catering services to higher education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Former soldier Ivan Hopkins (48) from Forest Town, has worked at Nottingham Trent University for 18 years, transforming its menus.

Alongside his responsibility for catering across all the institution’s food outlets, he teaches students about healthy eating and leads educational catering demonstrations.

He champions the cause of food miles and helped the university gain the prestigious ‘Silver Food for Life’ accreditation, making it one of only two universities in the UK to achieve such a standard.

Joining as a chef, he progressed to executive chef before assuming the role of head of catering and hospitality in January this year.

Ivan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded this honour.

“It was a most pleasant surprise and totally unexpected. I have been privileged to be part of Nottingham Trent University for the past 18 years and I am honoured that my contribution has been recognised in this way.”

Joining the Royal Logistics Corps after leaving school in 1982, Ivan completed tours of Northern Island and the Falkand Islands, as well as Belize, Cyprus, Kenya, Canada and Germany.

While in the Army, Ivan also won awards for his culinary skills.