Innovative thinking to encourage more young people in South Tyneside to choose school dinners has led to prestigious awards for high achieving council catering staff.
The awards from South Tyneside Council were presented by Muriel Metcalfe, former Catering Area Manager and Lead Training Officer who retired after 32 years’ service with the local authority’s school meals service.
Among those to receive awards was Lesley Cusworth, a cook at Hebburn Comprehensive School who accepted the Team of the Year Award on behalf of her kitchen team in recognition of their commitment to making lunchtime a better experience for pupils and increasing meal uptake.
Hebburn’s catering team introduced two new super-fast service points where young people can very quickly access a tasty, healthy lunch.
Judith Todd, Cook in Charge at St Aloysius RC Primary Federation, picked up the 2015 Award for Excellence.
Judith was the first Cook in Charge to support a new scheme which allowed pupils to choose their lunch in the morning.
Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, Coun Joan Atkinson, said: “It is important to recognise the creative and dedicated service of our catering staff.
“Their positive attitudes go a long way to making lunchtimes ever more popular in South Tyneside.”
Staff who passed their Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level Three Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering course this year were also presented with their certificates at the awards ceremony.