The Sun’s Catering Team Champions

This award is for the catering team that shows real dedication to the food it provides and the pupils it serves.

Thanks to Tefal, the hard-working catering team will get their own home kitchens kitted out with Tefal’s latest products!

Sustainability Stars

Going to the schools that are dedicated to making the food they serve sustainable.

Thanks to Unwins, the top three primary schools will get to design and name a new vegetable packet that will become part of the Unwins range! The ultimate winner in the primary school category and the winning secondary school will both receive a mini-allotment growing kit (options for outdoors and indoors!).

Food Educator of the Year

This food educator is a real star, going above and beyond to inspire students through the joy of food.

We’ll give them a well-deserved day off, and give their class a day out at Jamie Oliver HQ in London, including a special cooking class at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School.


Heart’s Kindness & Community Award

This person – student or staff member – has shown real kindness through food at school and in their local community. This could be setting up community fridges to raising money for local food banks.

Are you a natural TV director or presenter? A budding camera operator or food stylist? Do you think you’ve got what it takes to make a recipe film for social media? We’re going to give the next generation of talent a chance to be part of their very own little recipe film and to experience the behind-the-scenes action for themselves.

Youth Activist of the Year

This is for an activist who has campaigned to make the food experience across their school better – whether that’s by making it fairer, better for the planet or better for pupils’ health.

The winner will head to Jamie Oliver HQ to take over Jamie’s social channels – with 9 million followers – to spread the word about their campaigning. They’ll also learn the tricks of the trade from some experts in the world of content and social media.

Governor or School Leader Food Hero

We know that governors and school leaders have a huge role to play. This person has a vision and has empowered the people around them to achieve it.

Thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph, that school leader will be able to send their students for a unique TikTok content masterclass with the incredible Seema Pankhania, an ex-MOB Kitchen chef.

The One Show’s Rising Star

Those schools that have the highest aspirations and are going on a brilliant journey are in the running for this award, and may be working in particularly tough circumstances.

As a prize, pupils will be treated to a masterclass by a surprise celebrity judge…

Early Years Award

The Early Years Award is to shine a light on the nursery or pre-school that is going the extra mile on food — teaching it, serving it, or engaging the wider community!

Thanks to Puffin, the winning education setting will enjoy a library kitted out with the best books to excite children about food, right from the very start.



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