calling all dinner ladies and dinner men!

This year’s BBC Radio 4′s Food and Farming Awards are now open, and Sheila Dillon and The Food Programme team are looking for nominations in the Best “Dinner Lady” / Public Caterer Award. Jamie Oliver has presented many of the winning dinner ladies with their awards including Jeanette Orrey, now the school meals advisor for the Food For Life Partnership.

Last year’s winner was John Rankin from Penair Secondary School in Cornwall. His background was as a restaurant chef, a mindset he took into the canteen: “I’m a chef, this is a dining room and the kids are my customers.” Pupils eat game pie made from locally shot pheasant, fresh fish from a Cornish supplier, and John also arranged butchery demonstrations for pupils.

So if you know anyone who deserves recognition for excellent work in a school the BBC Food and Farming Awards website gives all the details: Nominations close on 15th August.

About the author: Dan Saladino is a Senior Producer, The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4

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