Vale catering members serve up platter of awards


02 November 2016


A kitchen assistant working out of St. Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth has scooped top prize in a catering competition recognising excellence across catering in schools.


Gareth Humphries, Celtic Creation Competition WinnerCompeting in the biscuit category of the Celtic Creations Competition, Gareth Humphries served up four delicious varieties of biscuit: parmesan & thyme, Viennese whirls, Christmas cake cookies and custard creams.


These were then judged during the afternoon of the Lead Association for Catering in Education’s (LACA) recognition of excellence awards, with Gareth Humphries’ selection being deemed most worthy of the gold award.

Entry into the competition was open to all catering staff from across the 22 local authorities in Wales, with another Vale of Glamorgan representative – Hayley Fellows of Ysgol y Deri – receiving a merit for her cupcake entry.

Of the competition, Mr. Humphries said: “I’d like to thank the catering management team for supporting me and Hayley whilst competing in the competition. I’ve worked at St. Cyres for almost two years now, and am thrilled to have won the award.”

The LACA represents the country’s school food industry, and has set out to inform, develop and represent its members through a range of initiatives and services. Its mission statement reads “Together, we achieve excellence in schools”, and the event highlighted those achieving excellence in their respective schools. 

Elsewhere on the night, there were further representatives of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Catering Team who received recognition for their contributions to excellence.

The catering team at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, for example, finished as finalists in the Frontline Catering Team category by displaying a high level of enthusiasm, initiative, commitment and effort in order to maintain a consistently high level of professional standards when supporting pupils and staff.

Councillor Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “The catering teams in our schools do a fantastic job of providing nutritious, and enjoyable, meals to students across the county, and I am delighted that individual members, and whole teams, are receiving national recognition for their on-going commitment to excellence.”