The catering management team at South Tyneside Council have been popping the champagne corks after scooping an award for the creation of a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining facilities at one of its schools.
The kitchen at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields picked up the North East & Scotland LACA Catering Operation Award for Innovation in recognition of the changes and improvements implemented to the school’s meal service.
Council bosses worked with local kitchen design and installation firm Sigma to oversee a substantial refurbishment of the school’s kitchen and dining room, which also included the installation of an outside pod kiosk serving coffee and pre-packed food.
One of the main manufacturers on the project was Victor Manufacturing, which was involved in the supply of new counter and servery units to improve the dining experience of the 825 students at the college.
These have been used to create a hot food point, deli station, omelette bar and self-serve station for grab and go snacks, enabling caterers to serve hot and cold dishes in line with the latest food trends and new school food standards.
The counter is finished with vibrant, lime green, high gloss Formica frontages for a modern look and feel. Three till points have been introduced to help caterers serve pupils faster, alleviating queues and bottlenecks.
Emma Harrison, HR and office manager/performance management lead at St Wilfrid’s, said: “We know that today’s young diners have high expectations of their school canteen and our new state-of-the-art facility caters for the needs of our pupils, gives them something to look forward to at lunchtime and supports uptake of school