Chefs at St Mary’s School, Colchester, win award for Outstanding Contribution

The team of chefs at St Mary’s School, Colchester, have been presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution by their employer, the national education catering company Holroyd Howe.

The Holroyd Howe chefs at St Mary’s, under the direction of Catering Manager Laura Read, prepare and serve daily hot lunches on the premises to 400 pupils and staff at St Mary’s Lower School and Kindergarten in London Road, Copford, and St Mary’s Senior School in Lexden Road, Colchester.

“The St Mary’s Holroyd Howe team were chosen out of 31 school teams in the region for the Outstanding Contribution award thanks to their can-do attitude,” explained James Stacey, Holroyd Howe’s Operations Manager. “The team have really pulled together and are working very efficiently. There is a great buzz in the kitchen and the dining hall and the chefs have become much more engaged with pupils to really enhance their dining experience.”

This academic year, the team were challenged to further develop the look and feel of lunches throughout St Mary’s School. They answered the call with new-look salad bars, exciting new theme days marking international and cultural events, and innovations in serving and food preparation at both school sites to ensure that they not only meet this challenge, but deliver meals of a consistent high quality every day.

“The teams at both St Mary’s Senior School and Lower School work very hard,” said St Mary’s Catering Manager Laura Read. “They are dedicated to dishing up tasty, attractive, nutritious food to every pupil on a daily basis.”
Holroyd Howe provides catering teams to 120 schools and colleges across the UK, feeding 35,000 students every day. The company was recently named Education Caterer of the Year at the Foodservice Cateys awards, in recognition of its commitment to staff training, local sourcing and the development of innovative and fresh food menus. Catey award-winners were selected by a panel of experts from the food service and hospitality industries.

Over the past year, the company has invested heavily in training and development of its teams, through the Chef Academy, Apprentice and Graduate Schemes and an Advanced Management Programme.
“As a business, our focus has always been to deliver creative, delicious food that engages and inspires pupils, while also safeguarding their health and wellbeing,” said Holroyd Howe managing director Ronan Harte. “We are very proud of the hard work and commitment of all of our school catering teams across the country.”

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