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Medway schools FEAST on training for cooks

Date: 14/11/2008           Category: Learning and Organisation Development

Today Medway Council will become one of only eight new partnerships in England devoted to training kitchen staff for schools. The scheme will transform the way school cooks develop the skills they need to ensure school meals are of the highest quality. The Medway School FEAST Partnership, which is being established by the School Food Trust will train kitchen staff for schools throughout Medway to help ensure more children and young people eat a healthy lunch every day. Medway is offering a wide range of courses for schools in the region, covering everything from food preparation and cooking, food safety and kitchen management to support work in schools and nationally recognised qualifications at NVQ Level 2 or above. The training will also help school cooks meet new nutritional standards, which are coming into place in schools across England. Medway Councillor Les Wicks said ‘’As Portfolio Holder for Children's Services I am pleased that Medway Council has been successful in being appointed as a FEAST centre. FEAST now enables us to provide more training and career development opportunities for all those people working to deliver a quality food service in Medway schools. This will not only raise the profile and expertise of our school meal workforce, but will mean that the quality of school meals will increase to an even higher standard.’’ Prue Leith, Chair of The School Food Trust added: ‘’School cooks are the unsung heroes – they are responsible for feeding millions of children every day and play a key role in the health and wellbeing of the future generation of adults. So I am delighted that Medway Council is leading the way in nurturing the school cooks of the future.’’