School cook makes final for BBC Cook of the Year

School cook makes final for BBC Cook of the Year

Ashley Painter, Bridport kitchen manager at school meals provider Local Food Links (LFL), has made the final three of BBC Cook of the Year at the Food and Farming Awards.

The award recognises that a good canteen kitchen serving nutritious, cleverly-budgeted food transforms lives and it celebrates the people who are creating change through food. Winners will be announced on 12th June.

Painter and his team produce more than 1,200 freshly prepared meals every day to 18 rural schools.

He said that he was, “really proud to be nominated and shortlisted for the award, and proud of the meals the Bridport team cook from scratch every school day – I couldn’t do it without them.”

Judges Jeannette Orrey and Paula McIntyre visited Local Food Links to see Painter and his team in action. They also visited Salway Ash CE VA Primary School to see pupils enjoying their lunch.