When it comes to school dinners Kevin Douglas is the creme de la creme.
His cooking skills and commitment to healthy eating have just landed Sandwich Technology School a national award.
The chef and restaurant manager collected the School Catering prize from television presenter Phillippa Forrester at the Education Business Awards 2008 held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Danny Wright, event content manager for the awards, said: “Sandwich Technology School has fully embraced a healthy eating culture for students and staff alike.“The school continues to drive new nutritional standards, providing a six week cycle of varying menus that incorporate a dozen different combinations every day.”Head teacher at Sandwich Technology, Richard Wallis, said: “I am thrilled to hear of this award. This recognition is testimony to Kevin’s commitment to providing high quality, healthy food every day for all of the students and staff.
“Varied menus made from top quality, locally-sourced ingredients were praised as was an imaginative restaurant design and extremely popular healthy vending options.
“The views of students and parents had been pivotal in the change process, with Kevin and his team rising to the challenge to create a fabulous dining experience.”
Mr Douglas said: “The catering team at Sandwich Technology School strives to be the best and it’s great to know that the service that we provide is not just appreciated locally but nationally as well.”
The Education Business Awards is not the first group to recognise Mr Douglas’s innovative approach and passion for good food.
He works closely with the School Food Trust, which sponsored the award and sits on a working party that is shaping new nutritional standards to be introduced to Primary Schools in 2008 and to Secondary Schools in 2009.