Who are your school catering heroes?

Who are your school catering heroes?

The nominations are open for the EDUcatering Awards 2017 and we are looking for the heroes who make food in schools better than it ever before!

There are 12 categories in which you can nominate an individual or a team (you can even nominate yourself!). Very often, these people work so hard on the frontline of school meals that we at EDUcatering don’t get to hear about all the great work they do – unless you nominate them!

The awards will take place during a gala dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 10th October. It is completely free to enter and the deadline for entries is Friday 30th June. You can enter online at www.educateringawards.co.uk, where you can fill in your entry, upload your supporting information and revisit your entry to update it at any time before submitting. Enter here.

The categories are as follows:

Contract Caterer of the Year
Entries are requested for contract catering companies who have made significant progress or advancement in the education sector. This could include introducing new concepts, people development or showing growth in this sector due to an innovative and professional approach to school catering.

Independent School Caterer of the Year
Nominations are sought for catering managers of non-state funded schools who can demonstrate significant achievement at their establishment for the catering provision. This could be measured by increase in uptake, improved nutritionally-based menus or the introduction of meaningful initiatives.

Innovation Award – NEW!
Nominations for this award are open to companies supplying the education market or operators within education. Entrants could show how they have introduced a new concept, product, service or process that has contributed to the highest standard of school catering. Success should be quantified by improvements in meal uptake, finance or partnership with clients. This award will be voted for by guests on the night.

Local Authority of the Year
This award is open to a local authority that has made significant progress or advancement in the education sector. This could include introducing new concepts, people development and showing growth in this sector due to an innovative and professional approach to school catering. This award is also open to organisations that are former local authorities and are now a social enterprise, arms length organisation or a co-operative.

Marketing Award
Entries are requested for an initiative, brand or campaign that has proven successful in promoting school meals, with determinable results that justify the execution of the promotion. This can be in the form of a sustained campaign or for a one-off event. Nominations must cover initiatives that have been no more than 24 months in development and 12 months in action.

Newcomer of the Year
This category is open to employees who are new to a organisation or are in a new role within their existing organisation who has made an impact within the past two years. The judges are looking for evidence based examples of how the individual has shown outstanding commitment to their new role and enhanced the performance of the school meal provision.

Primary School Caterer of the Year
Nominations are sought for catering managers of primary schools who can demonstrate significant achievement at their establishment. Improvements in key performance indicators should be provided to support the submission. This award is open to individuals working within local authorities and contract catering companies.

Secondary School Caterer of the Year
Nominations are sought for catering managers of secondary schools who can demonstrate significant achievement at their establishment. Improvements in key performance indicators should be provided to support the submission. This award is open to individuals working within local authorities and contract catering companies.

Self-Managed School Caterer of the Year
Nominations are sought for self-managed school catering managers who can demonstrate significant achievement at their establishment. Improvements in key performance indicators should be provided to support the submission. This award is open to individuals working within in-house catering in academies, free schools, independent schools and state maintained schools, at primary and secondary level.

Specialist of the Year Award
Nominations are sought for individuals displaying excellence in a specialist field. This could include training, purchasing, health & safety, a healthy school co-ordinator, private contractor, consultant or head teacher.

School Food Plan Award
This award recognises a school or organisation that has made significant progress in following the School Food Plan. The judges are looking for examples of how they have developed and fi ne-tuned their service and offering to deliver the three main elements of the plan; The role of the head teacher in leading the charge for change; That whatever activities we do it must be seen through the eyes of the child; Taking a whole school approach to food.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominations are requested for the one person you believe stands above all others in their lifetime achievements and dedication to the United Kingdom’s school meals service. This category recognises the enormous contribution an individual has given to this wonderful industry of ours.

Top tips for your entries
• Try to keep your nomination to no more than 1,200 words. However, we need more than 500 words to really judge your entry!
• Try to restrict your supporting documents to no more than 4 items. Pictures are great, as are letters of support from peers, pupils and clients.
• Show us the facts! If you have evidence to show meal uptake from an initiative or other proven successes, give us the details (we won’t share this information beyond the judging panel).
• Read the category criteria. When we’re choosing our shortlist we often come down to who has provided all the information requested in the category criteria (see above) and timescale stated for a project, so pay close attention to this.
• Show us your passion! If you firmly believe your nominee should win then get this message through to us in your submission! So long as the evidence is provided where requested, the rest is down to your passion for your nomination, you don’t have to be formal!
• Read over your nomination! Get your facts right and make sure you’ve sent everything in. When you nominate online you can save and return to it later before submitting.