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School Food and the BBC Food and Farming Awards

The BBC Radio 4 Food Programme has announced its shortlist for the 2012 Food and Farming Awards and there are a number of schools related projects or workers that have made the grade.

They include, (and I hope the BBC Food Programme website will forgive me for recreating their words verbatim)

In the Best Public Caterer category:

Lyndsey Anderson – Excelsior Academy, Newcastle. Excelsior Academy is a community mixed school serving the Benwell and Scotswood area of Newcastle upon Tyne. The nomination said, “I am truly impressed with the philosophy and attention to detail of the food choices, menus and presentation of the food.”

Elaine Harrison – Pingle School, Swadlincote. The Pingle School is a foundation school within Derbyshire. The nomination said, “Theme days are a regular feature of the service and have recently included French days, Spanish days and a special Jubilee day serving traditional food in a street party atmosphere.”

Chris Marshall – Scalby School, Scarborough. Scalby School is for boys and girls of all abilities aged 11-16, serving Scarborough and surrounding villages. The nomination said, “95% of all ingredients are sourced from within North Yorkshire to ensure green miles are reduced from field to plate & good growth in the local economy.”

and in the Derek Cooper Award category:

Chefs Adopt a School, is focused on the education and training of young people in the hospitality industry through the provision of career opportunities; recognising and rewarding talent and skill; and raising standards and awareness of food, food provenance, cooking and service. The nomination said “Chefs Adopt a School has opened a special door to the world of food… teaching about a range of food, where it comes from, why we need it, what to do with it, how to handle it and how to enjoy it in the company of others.”

Let’s Get Cooking, Sheffield. By the end of this five-year programme 1,106,300 children, family members and members of the local community will increase their food preparation or cooking skills as a result of Let’s Get Cooking. The nomination said “Let’s Get Cooking is about much more than cooking skills, it brings people together and builds social skills, reflecting the very best of human nature.”

Martha Payne, Scotland. This school girl’s food blog, Never Seconds, and her pictures and reviews of her school lunch is now being read all over the world, fuelling debate about how we feed our children. The nomination said “A young child not only writing about food, but writing well, generating more writing from other young people all over the world and in the process raising interest and discussion. Not to mention changing fundamentally the relationship some children in Malawi have with food – by raising an astonishing sum to ensure they actually have some.”

I know many in schools catering feel their work is overlooked or constantly criticised, rather than celebrated when things are going well or are making a difference, so that the Food and Farming Awards are striving to mark and recognise great achievements and good practice in schools catering is wonderful. We offer our congratulations to all the finalists and best wishes for the awards day on 28th November.