The Catering Team at Abbotsholme School have won a major national catering award for a fifth consecutive year.
The 300-pupil day and boarding school claimed the top prize for the highest quality food and service, five years on the trot.
The CAP (Continuous Advancement Programme) Awards recognise excellence in catering and are regarded as the highest measure of quality, safe best practices and service.
Award inspectors were impressed by what they saw and tasted with the fresh soups and chicken tikka excelling.
Ian Jackson, Managing Director of the CAP Awards, said the catering service and staff were standout winners.
“To win a Gold Award five years on the bounce is an incredible achievement and great news for all the staff and pupils who get to eat there everyday!”
More than 25 pupils and teachers gave verbal feedback during the inspection and gave the food a resounding thumbs up.
Inspectors were also impressed by the ambition the catering team to try new styles of cooking and presentation in the year ahead.
Steve Fairclough, Headmaster of Abbotsholme, praised the catering team, led by Racheal Lancett, for winning Gold for a record fifth time.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Racheal and the team have won this prestigious award again, to have won five on the trot is an incredible achievement.
“Preparing and cooking delicious, nutritious fresh food is very important to us at the School. There’s a clear link between an excellent diet, learning success and wellbeing and those results are clear to see in our thriving community.
“A big thank you to everyone in the catering team, and well done on your win!”
THE housekeeping and catering teams at Cork’s Bon Secours Care Village have each won a prestigious national award for excellence.
Staff pulled off a rare double by winning a Gold CAP Award for producing outstanding food for residents and maintaining the highest levels of cleanliness across the site.
The CAP Awards (the Continuous Advancement Programme) measure the quality of cleaning and housekeeping in healthcare facilities across Ireland and the UK and are regarded by patients and their families as a mark of high quality.
Nollaig Broe, Bon Secours Care Village Manager, said the awards were recognition of the hard work and dedication of both teams.
She said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way by the CAP Awards.“We are continually striving to improve the quality of food we offer to our wonderful residents and to ensure the housekeeping is to a standard people would expect in their own homes.
“To win the double Gold Award is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of the teams here at Bon Secours. Well done everyone!”
The housekeeping team were praised for their attention to detail, ensuring that every corner of the site was spotlessly clean.
Ian Jackson, Managing Director of the CAP Awards, said: “The Bon Secours Care Village housekeeping team are incredibly hardworking and committed to the upkeep of a beautiful facility, day in day out.
“The team are always looking to improve through excellent staff development and the use of audit tools.”
Catering won Gold because inspectors were impressed with the quality of food on offer to residents and the safety procedures in place.
Ian added: “The catering staff were all very enthusiastic about providing the best for the residents, whether they are eating in the restaurant or their day rooms.
“I sampled the food myself and it was delicious, particularly the turkey and cauliflower cheese!
“For both of these key departments to win Gold is a great testament to the site and the wider Bon Secours Healthcare Group.”
CAP Award inspectors are industry leading experts who support hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the year to be the best they can be for their patients, residents and staff.