Plymouth's CATERed sweeps up three awards
It won the Education Caterer of the Year at the Foodservice Cateys, and at the EDUcatering Excellence Awards, it walked away with the School Food Plan Award and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Excellence in School Food Award.
It was the first time the APPG on School Food has presented an award, and it is hoped that next year, more schools, caterers, charities and individuals will apply.
Sharon Hodgson MP and chair of the APPG, who presented the award, said: “Everyone who applied for this award is doing amazing work for school food, and I cannot thank all of them enough for all that they do each and every day to ensure that our children have access to a healthy meal.
“I am so pleased that my parliamentary colleagues were also able to get involved in the awards by offering a supportive letter to applicants, I am sure that they will have also learned a lot from doing so and I have encouraged them to go and visit the school or charity they have supported so that they can experience the fantastic work they do for themselves.
“It was a genuine pleasure to present CATERed with the first APPG Excellence in School Food Award, they were very deserving winners and I hope that they continue to keep up the good work in Plymouth, and also set an example for other cities around the UK.”
The application process required applicants to provide an executive summary of the project, background, and what has been achieved over the previous 12 months.
Applicants were then asked to have their application supported by a Member of Parliament through a letter of support.
Brad Pearce of CATERed, said: “Thank you Sharon and the judges for the recognition.
“It was an honour to win the inaugural APPG Excellence in School Food Award. At CATERed we work collaboratively to improve the overall school dining experience for Plymouth’s children by delivering improved service quality, reduced costs, increased efficiencies and economies of scale giving a stronger financial base.
“The big supporting the small is our guiding principle to ensure that children and young people across the city can access great tasting, locally sourced, seasonal and freshly prepared hot school food. With our schools as shareholders, CATERed believe in feeding ambitions, making a difference and supporting every child, every time.”