Caterers prove they are cream of the crop

Barbara Patterson, North Tyneside Council's catering services manager; Bob Goldwyre of Adelie Foods; Kim Ashby, North Tyneside Council group manager; Jane Renton, editorial director of EDUcatering magazine; and Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor School. Picture by Simon Kearsley.
Barbara Patterson, North Tyneside Council's catering services manager; Bob Goldwyre of Adelie Foods; Kim Ashby, North Tyneside Council group manager; Jane Renton, editorial director of EDUcatering magazine; and Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor School. Picture by Simon Kearsley.

A catering team are cooking up a storm after proving to be the cream of the crop.

North Tyneside Council’s staff responsible for school lunches and meals on wheels have been named as ‘Local Authority Catering Team of the Year’ in the national ‘EDUcatering Excellence Awards’ 2015.

The team cook-up over 2.3 million meals each year across 72 schools and supply more than 64,000 freshly-prepared ‘meals on wheels’ for the elderly and vulnerable.

The award judges commended the team’s determination to achieve value for money, as well their commitment to continual development and supporting staff.

The team were praised for their work to help young people develop careers, supporting 50 apprentices in the last two years.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It is fantastic that our catering services team have won this national recognition for the work they do to ensure that our young people and elderly and vulnerable residents can enjoy freshly prepared food on a daily basis.”

“We know that the healthy and nutritious school meals and snacks can play a key part in helping our children and young people to learn and develop, and our catering services team do a really important job.

“This award is for every one of our kitchen assistants, cooks, managers and the office team who should all be extremely proud of the work they do.”

The EDUcatering Excellence Awards are sponsored by EDUcatering magazine.

Morag Wilson, EDUcatering magazine editor, said: “Many congratulations to the team from North Tyneside on winning the EDUcatering Excellence Award for Local Authority Catering Team of the Year.

“We had a gruelling judging day and there were some very worthy nominees, but North Tyneside clearly came out on top.

“This is the sixth year of the EDUcatering Excellence Awards, which aim to celebrate the hard work and many wonderful achievements of the past 12 months within the school catering industry.”