New UK dining center emphasizes local ingredients

Champions Kitchen, opened in January on the campus of the University of Kentucky (UK), brims with 10 food stations offering everything from all-day breakfast and deli to Delicious Destinations and its weekly rotation of ethnic cuisines like Indian, Cajun and Asian ramen bowls. Also part of the mix is Worry Free, which exclusively menus selections free of common food allergens, gluten, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts.

The all-you-care-to-eat dining center, one of two on campus, has also made the serving of locally produced and sourced products a priority, with a reported one-third of proteins in its dishes meeting that standard.

Part of a new Student Center complex that is still under construction, Champions Kitchen represents another step in the upgrading of dining on the UK campus by management company Aramark, which signed a 15-year deal with the university in 2014.

Photos courtesy of UK Dining/Aramark

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