It’s the sweet taste of success at school

The winning catering team at Fritchley CE Primary School. Pictured are Derbyshire county councillor Mike Longden, the county council's cabinet member for education, is pictured in the kitchen at Fritchley with award-winning caterers (from left) Caroline McMichael, Nicki Chapman and head cook Bernadette Heathcote.
The winning catering team at Fritchley CE Primary School. Pictured are Derbyshire county councillor Mike Longden, the county council's cabinet member for education, is pictured in the kitchen at Fritchley with award-winning caterers (from left) Caroline McMichael, Nicki Chapman and head cook Bernadette Heathcote.

School cooks from Fritchley are savouring the sweet taste of success after scooping a top award for providing an excellent meals service to the county’s school children.

Derbyshire County Council held its tenth annual Primary Catering Quality Assurance Awards and ninth annual Secondary Catering Awards to recognise the top quality service provided to schools by the authority’s catering teams.

The overall winner of the Platinum Award of Excellence was Fritchley CE (A) Primary School, where Caroline McMichael, Bernie Heathcote and Nikki Chapman work.

Headteacher Phil Bateman said: “These ladies are just so passionate about their jobs. We came back from the summer holidays last year but these ladies had been up since 5am they were so excited! They work really well together as a team and they deserve it on that basis. They’re so committed to their work and of course the kids get the benefits because they have some great dinners. Cornflake tart is a bit of a favourite – they do a lot of theme days – so one was a bonfire meal which was hot dogs and onions – and that really increases the uptake.”

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “It’s important to us that pupils and teaching staff have top quality lunches to help them stay healthy and full of energy for the afternoon of lessons. We also want them to enjoy their lunch so to have so many talented cooks working for us across the county is fantastic.”