School dinners get bronze food award

West Cliff School'Cook Kath Breckon with some of the children celebrating the school winning a bronze food for life award'Picture by Neil Silk  w111901b'10/05/11
West Cliff School'Cook Kath Breckon with some of the children celebrating the school winning a bronze food for life award'Picture by Neil Silk w111901b'10/05/11
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YOUNGSTERS at Whitby’s West Cliff School are dining on healthy cuisine rustled up by their award winning cook.

The school has just been presented with the Food for Life Partnership Bronze Award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

West Cliff is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school’s food culture, and that of its local community, by reconnecting the children with climate-friendly, healthy and real food.

As part of the bronze award scheme, the school has started to serve seasonal school meals, 75% of which are freshly prepared by experienced award-winning school cook, Kath Breckon of North Yorkshire County Caterers.

Kath will also be competing amongst Britain’s top chefs tomorrow at University College Birmingham for the title of School Chef of the Year 2011.

She will be representing the Yorkshire and Humber region and will have just an hour and a half and £1.35p to prepare a nutritious two course meal of main course and dessert, suitable for serving to eleven year olds in school.

West Cliff also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and participate in food growing activities during his or her time at school, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience.

Head teacher Christina Zanelli said: “I am over the moon that all of Kath’s hard work has been recognised with this award – we always knew Kath was a star, and now we have another award to prove it.”