A very special group of people, who understand and are passionate about making sure our kids are being fed well at school…
Chef, cookbook writer and food campaigner who has encouraged millions of people to enjoy cooking fresh, delicious food from scratch over his 20-year+ career.
2012 Olympic gold-winning heptathlete and three-time World Athletic Champion, who is now a BBC commentator and runs Jennis, an app specialising in women’s health.
The London-based hip hop star also set up and runs a cooking school for children with ADHD called Chilli Con Carner.
Legendary food writer, chef, baker and television presenter, who has decades of culinary expertise under her belt.
The Radio 1 breakfast DJ is also co-author of the children’s book series Kid Normal, and co-presents the award-winning cricket podcast Tailenders.
This Fifteen graduate has gone on to have his own culinary success on YouTube and released his book Big Has Home in 2022.
Journalist and The Evening Standard’s chief restaurant critic, who recently published his first book Settlers: Journeys Through The Food, Faith & Culture Of Black African London.
The 17-year-old chair of the National Youth Board at Bite Back 2030, who works hard to promote better child health as an activist and an elected Member of Youth Parliament.
Seema Pankhania (aka @seemagetsbaked) is a superstar food creator, with over 1.2M followers and 25.6M Likes on TikTok. Her food is joyful and exuberant, packed with flavour and fuelled by her appetites for travel and adventure.
The CBeebies presenter, actor and dancer has Down’s Syndrome, and wants to show the world that people with a learning disability can dream big and be employed.
The fitness coach, TV presenter and social media star is on a mission to make the world fitter, healthier and happier.
Manchester City star and left-back Lioness Demi Stokes can often be found cooking for her teammates, and we’re thrilled to now have her on The Good School Food Awards team.
AND WE HAVE AN EXPERT PANEL OF ADVISERS…
We’re very proud to have some of the most amazing experts in the business helping us to shortlist these awards. School food is their bread and butter and they know exactly what to look for.
Geoff Barton, Chairman of Good School Food Awards
We’re over the moon to have Geoff as the Good School Food Awards’ very own chairman. He oversees a network of 20,000 schools through the Association of School & College Leaders.
Tessy Ojo CBE is the guru when it comes to young people and social activism, as the Chief Executive of The Diana Award (in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales). Read more… So much so that maybe we should have called the Youth Activist category ‘The Tessy Award’? Maybe next year… Show less
Jeannette Orrey MBE
Jeannette is a school meals legend, starting off in the industry in the 1980s and working with Jamie around the time of School Dinners. Read more… Beyond the school canteen, she’s met Prince Charles, advised the Archers for a storyline on local food, won a Blue Peter badge, authored a best selling book “The Dinner Lady”, and co-founded Food For Life. Show less
When it comes to showing that School Food Matters, Stephanie is the person we always turn to. She’s been campaigning alongside us for 15 years, always with creativity and a depth of insight.
What Jenny Rosborough doesn’t know about nutrition isn’t worth knowing! We’re very lucky to have her as Head of Nutrition at Jamie Oliver HQ, bringing her expertise and fierce passion for kids’ health to the cause.
Nureen is the founder and CEO of Feed Me Good, which transforms food education in schools and champions the most vulnerable and marginalised communities to help them achieve their potential. Read more… She has has more than two decades of experience as a brilliant chef and committed public health nutritionist. Show less
Brad is the National Chair for LACA, which represents caterers providing 80% of school food across England and Wales. Read more… This amazing workforce serves up around 3 million lunches in 27,000 schools every day! Show less
Nicole Pisani was head chef at top London restaurant Nopi, but now you’ll find her in a school kitchen. Read more… She co-founded Chefs in Schools to replicate this recipe for success. We’re so glad she’s using her talents to feed kids well. Show less
Dan spent 25 years working in marketing and advertising for the world’s largest food brands. Now he uses those ninja persuasive skills to inspire kids to eat more vegetables as CEO of Veg Power.
Judith looks after catering in Cardiff, which provides meals to 116 schools across the city, and is the Wales Regional Chair for the catering body, LACA. She was part of the team that piloted the multi-award winning Food & Fun Holiday Programme which has now been rolled out across the whole of Wales.
Marc Thompson is the Headteacher at Mandeville Primary School, part of the LEAP federation in Hackney, East London. Marc is passionate about ensuring all children have access to free, high quality, nourishing school meals and is committed to embedding sustainable food education in the curriculum.
Rob Percival has more than a decade of school food policy expertise under his belt. Now he heads up food policy at The Soil Association.
Dr Nicholas Capstick OBE
Nicholas has looked after a lot of schools in his time as CEO of the White Horse Federation multi-academy trust. Read more… He may be technically retired, but luckily for us he’s showing no sign of slowing down his campaigning to make sure all pupils are fed well, no matter where they live. Show less
Kemi is a trustee, governor, director, and Deputy Leader for Wandsworth Council. Her work with Be Enriched and Brixton People’s Kitchen takes local action to the next level – she’s truly inspiring!
Myles is the oracle of school food. We don’t think there is a single fact or figure he doesn’t know. We’ve tested him a lot, and he hasn’t cracked yet!
Barbara hails from Bolton and she’s spent 30 years working for good people doing good things, from Save the Children to the Children’s Food Campaign. We’re so glad to have her on our team.
Neil came out of retirement to become the CEO of the Early Years Alliance, to give a louder voice to those who are caring for and educating young children. We can’t wait to see what he makes of the Early Years Award entries…
Anna Taylor OBE
Anna is Executive Director of the Food Foundation which is an incredible force for good in the world of food. She has advised the Mayor of London as a member of the London Food Board and was the Chief Independent Adviser on Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy. Read more… She has been awarded an OBE for her work on global undernutrition, and advises the Mayor of London as well as the government’s ‘food tsar’ Henry Dimbleby. Show less
Chris heads up catering services for the City of Edinburgh Council in his day job, but he also oversees a network of all the Local Authority school food providers across Scotland – together they serve over 400,000 meals every single day!
Jenny has more than 30 years’ experience in food education. She worked as a food teacher for 20 years, and creates brilliant resources to inspire young people with a love of cooking.
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