King James’s proved it has the recipe for great food for its students when it scooped a national schools’ catering award.
The Knaresborough school’s Head Chef, Ryan Cummings, accepted the School Caterer of the Year award at the Educatering Excellence Awards held in London. The award, in the ‘self-managed’ category, was for a school or academy which runs its own catering operation and has demonstrated significant achievement.
The school was nominated and then had to go through an in-depth judging process, which recognised that over the last year it has improved menu choices, decreased its cost base, and reduced waiting times while delivering value for money.
The environment in the newly-extended dining area is more like a shopping mall food court than a school dinner hall and parents are getting better value for money than ever. The increased space and additional service areas have improved queuing times by 45 per cent, with one student now served every second during peak times!
The new menu provides 14 hot meal combinations compared to three previously, including pasta, noodle and rice pots that have proved to be hugely popular. There is also a sandwich ‘grab and go’ area and a separate Sixth Form and staff café.
The Sixth Form menu was totally redesigned and now has a build your own sandwich theme, fresh bean to cup coffee, pasta pots, and a salad bar.
Headteacher Carl Sugden said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for the school’s commitment to providing a nutritious choice of meals, which our students have responded to very enthusiastically.”
And Business Manager Justin Waters added: “Ryan is an inspirational Head Chef and he and his whole team have worked tirelessly to deliver an outstanding service for our students and staff.”
When Year 7 pupils were recently asked what they liked best about King James’s compared to their primary schools the majority were quick to say “The food!”