Sushi-making courses, midnight breakfasts and fresh produce markets: Inside the top ten best universities for food lovers


Sushi-making courses, midnight breakfasts and fresh produce markets: Inside the top ten best universities for food lovers

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18:14 GMT, 25 April 2012

It seems that the days when college cafeterias were ruled by pizza slices and stale BLT wraps are all but over.

As universities across the U.S. broaden their dietary
options in order to cater for modern day taste buds, a ranking of the top ten
universities based solely on their food facilities has been released.

Judged by The Daily
Meal, an American-based food and drink website, the ranking placed St Louis' Washington University in the top spot for its midnight breakfast of Belgian waffles and other tasty treats as well as its sushi-making courses and regular barbecues.

Student sophistication: A list of the top 20 best American universities for foodies has been released by The Daily Meal. It put the kitchens inside St Louis' Washington University (pictured above) at the top

Student sophistication: A list of the top ten best American universities for foodies has been released by The Daily Meal. It placed the kitchens inside St Louis' Washington University (pictured) at the top

It was followed by the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and then Illinois' Northwestern University, where students have feasted on Moroccan-themed dinners and other international cuisines.

The list was based on a national university ranking of the country's top academic institutions which was found by the U.S. News and World Reports 2012.

The number four spot on the foodie list went to upstate New York's Cornell University
which offers more than 30 eateries. It was followed by the University of Pennsylvania just before Tennessee's Vanderbilt
University and then New Jersey's Princeton University, which dishes up chocolate French toast.

North Carolina's Duke University, which boasts several on-site food trucks, California's Stanford
University, which has 11 dining halls and New Hampshire's Dartmouth College, which features guest chefs two or three times per week, rounded out the top ten.

Fine dining: The students at Northwestern University (pictured above) can feast on an array of fancy dishes

Fine dining: The students at Northwestern University (pictured above) can feast on an array of fancy dishes

Stellar: The options available at Cornell Univerisity in New York resemble those of a mall's food court

Stellar: The options available at Cornell Univerisity in New York resemble those of a shopping mall's food court

Judging by the array of dietary options on offer at each, selecting
the final list of universities would have proved far from
easy.

The food
lover's heaven that is Washington University,
for example, offers everything from mulled apple cider to a grill
station, a saute station and a stir fry station. It runs its sushi-making courses in a cooking demonstration studio.

Students are also invited
to 'Dine With A Dietician' during specially-arranged events that are normally
staged at a rate of five to ten times per week.

Washington University also opened its Bear's Den two years
ago, which offers two tandoori ovens tended by Pakistani and Indian chefs.

Bon Appetit, a U.S. food management company that provides
services to a string of American universities, is responsible for Washington's seemingly
endless dietary options.

The company is also behind the smorgasbord of options, quite
literally, that Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers.

Kosher, Halal, vegetarian and vegan dishes are available
amid the 30 or so food outlets located within the university.

Modern: Tennesse's Vanderbilt University was also ranked within the top ten, offering sleek facilities to students

Modern: Tennesse's Vanderbilt University was also ranked within the top ten, offering sleek facilities

The truffled roast beef, chocolate chip pancakes and coconut
red curries on offer no doubt satisfy ordinary taste buds.

The university evens runs its own weekend produce market and
a rotating 'Taste Of The World' series cooks up international cuisine for
hungry students to chow down on.

Northwestern University has even hosted a 'Reggae Night' event.

Steve Mangan, managing director of Sodexo which is a food
management company that caters for Northwestern's students, said there is a
large focus on global cuisine at the university.

He said: 'Last quarter, we hosted our global chefs, chef
Tomo Irsic from Slovenia and chef Joaquin Suarez from Columbia for a week.

'They
cooked menus from their cuisines in each of the dining halls.'

The ranking has been unveiled just as many U.S. high school seniors
begin deciding which university they wish to attend next year.

SO, WHAT'S ON THE MENU MEALS DISHED UP BY THE TOP 10 UNIVERSITIES
UNIVERSITYMENU HIGHLIGHTSFOODIE RANKACADEMIC RANK

Washington University

Belgian waffles, mulled apple cider and shrimp bisque

Number 1

Number 14

Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Truffled roast beef, chocolate chip pancakes and chicken in red coconut curry

Number 2

Number 5

Northwestern University

Western scrambled eggs and Tuscan kale salad

Number 3

Number 12

Cornell University

Ethiopian vegetable stew and pork stuffed with apples

Number 4

Number 15

University of Pennsylvania

Omelets made to order, fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes

Number 5

Number 5

Vanderbilt
University

Sausage breakfast burritos and chicken Tikka Masala

Number 6

Number 17

Princeton University

Chocolate french toast and corn bisque soup

Number 7

Number 1

Duke University

Korean barbecue, handmade pizza and all-day breakfast

Number 8

Number 10

Stanford
University

Sweet potato bisque and 'meat lovers' calzone

Number 9

Number 5

Dartmouth College

Lemon-pepper salmon, artichoke and pepper pizza

Number 10

Number 11