Tasty award for school catering team

The catering team at a Shrewsbury school has been named as winner of a new national award.

The staff at Prestfelde School, in London Road, led by chef-manager Spiro Milatos, have been presented with the first ‘Wilson Vale Achievement Award’.

They were singled out from 70 Wilson Vale catering operations nationwide to receive the award.

Judged under several categories, including food, innovation, marketing, financial performance, customer care and training, the winning team received a trophy and a £250 bonus each.

Spiro and his staff cater for 270 pupils, ranging in age from three to 13, as well as teaching and support staff, and covering everything from lunches, breakfasts and suppers to afternoon teas, sports teas and a variety of hospitality catering at special events.

Commenting on the winning team, Carolyne Vale, co-founder and managing director of Wilson Vale, said: “Spiro is a shining example of how a chef working within the cost sector can transform a catering service and win the hearts of his young customers, his client and his team through great people skills, natural leadership and innovation. He has mentored, inspired and developed his team who richly deserve this award.”

Spiro commented: “It is great that my team’s enthusiasm and commitment has been recognised in this way.”

Simon Worthy, bursar at Prestfelde School, said: “We are delighted for Spiro and his staff.  His enthusiasm, pride and skill, together with his great team, provide wonderful homemade dishes.  Spiro has done a fabulous job ensuring much of the food is from local sources in Shropshire and the West Midlands. The variety he offers is truly amazing and is part of the educational experience for the children here at Prestfelde. The award is richly deserved.”

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