Chicken ‘n Waffles from Creelman Hall with chef Ian

Maclean’s magazine has offered more proof that the University of Guelph is Canada’s food university: we have the best campus food in Canada.

According to the magazine’s annual student satisfaction survey, nearly 94 per cent of Guelph students are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the food on campus. That makes it the best university food in the country – a full 10 percentage points ahead of the next university on the ranking.

Gryphon Burger from the 100-Mile Grille at Creelman Hall

As the Maclean’s writer notes, the “ambitious” food offerings devised by U of G executive chef Vijay Nair “are worthy of a small bistro.”

The article takes particular note of the University’s marketplace-style food stop, Creelman Hall, whose offerings include Buddha bowls and other vegetarian options, wood fire-baked pizza and homemade pastries from Creelman’s Bake Shop.

“Feasts… are the norm at Guelph,” the article reads.

The magazine also praises U of G’s many food waste initiatives, noting that extra food is donated to the local food bank, sent to a local pig farmer or composted. The University has also replaced many disposable dishes with green “ecotainers” and is moving to entirely eliminate paper plates and plastic cutlery.