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Harper Adams chef up for BBC award

Posted 18 October 2011

“I think this award will be a great asset to the institution and think it will help to motivate all our staff to work to our potential.”

Head Chef, Wayne Wright

Head Chef at Harper Adams University College, Wayne Wright, has reached the finals of the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2011.

He has been shortlisted in the Best ‘Dinner Lady’/’Public Caterer’ category and is up against two other finalists.

The award is in recognition of ‘cooks who make mealtimes in our hospitals, care homes, schools or workplaces a delight’.

Two judges recently visited and interviewed Wayne - Jeanette Orrey, former Catering Manager and writer of cookbook ‘The Dinner Lady’, and Helen Crawley, Reader in Nutrition Policy at City University, London.

Wayne, who has worked at the University College in Shropshire since 2005, said: “When I was told that I had been nominated I felt honoured that the team and I have been recognised for all the hard work we have put in.

“I think this award will be a great asset to the institution and think it will help to motivate all our staff to work to our potential.”

The BBC Food & Farming Awards are now in their 12th year, celebrating the people and organisations behind the best of British food.

They are nominated by BBC audiences in the categories of Best Food Market, Best Drinks Producer, Best Food Producer, Best Local Food Retailer, Best Retail Initiative, Best Public Caterer, Best Takeaway and the BBC Farmer of The Year.

Head of Catering at Harper Adams, David Nuttall said: “Wayne’s shortlisting is just rewards for all his hard work pushing our food metres initiative.

“Harper Adams is unique in its approach to source as much of its ingredients from the campus farm and surrounding area, and Wayne really drives this ethos within the department.” 

A judging meeting will take place at the beginning of November with results announced at an awards ceremony at the NEC, Birmingham, on November 23.

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