Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar dinner ladies shortlisted for prestigious award

PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 08 May 2017

The dinner ladies at Lakeside, Welwyn Garden City, who have been shortlisted for an award.

The dinner ladies at Lakeside, Welwyn Garden City, who have been shortlisted for an award.


Catering teams working in schools in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Potters Bar have been shortlisted in a prestigious award ceremony to recognise their hard work.

Catering teams working in schools in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Potters Bar have been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious HCL awards, in recognition of their hard work and commitment to delivering healthy food to Hertfordshire’s children.

Cook managers, school cooks and their general assistants in Applecroft School in Welwyn Garden City and Howe Dell Primary School in Hatfield have been nominated for the Primary School Team of the Year award.

The catering teams at Stanborough School and Monks Walk in Welwyn Garden City and Mount Grace School in Potters Bar have been shortlisted for the Secondary School Team of the Year.

HCL staff at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City are in the running for the Special School Team of the Year award and Applecroft School’s caterers have been nominated for the Delivering Service Excellence Award.

Debbie Snook, cook manager for HCL at Applecroft School, said: “Being shortlisted for the awards is fantastic, I’m very proud.

“Firstly I am so proud of what we, as a team, have achieved here at Applecroft. We’ve used elements of what works well in the secondary sector mixed it into primary and added our own little bit of magic to make lunch times as much fun as possible for the children.

“I know the hard work we have put in has been appreciated by everyone in the school, and the parents, because I’ve had some lovely comments from them personally and from HCL. It means we are making a difference.”

Jackie Sayers, HCL’s cook manager at Howe Dell, said: “My team and I are over the moon to have been shortlisted for the HCL awards, to say we are excited would be a total understatement.

“We work extremely hard every day to produce a quality meal for our customers and can’t wait to get our glad rags on and enjoy the evening.”

Helen Allen, HCL’s cook manager at Lakeside School, said: “We feel extremely happy and proud to have been nominated and shortlisted.

“We love what we do and, here at Lakeside, we are part of one happy family.”

Lin O’Brien, chief executive of HCL and a member of this year’s judging panel, said: “Congratulations to all our shortlisted entries but I’d like to thank everyone for their commitment and dedication in putting forward for consideration the many shining stars we have in our workforce, making HCL such an inspiring company to be involved with.

“It is both profoundly gratifying and encouraging to see such appreciation for our colleagues and the excellent work and support towards the HCL’s values.

“Everyone who was nominated should feel so proud, but the task to shortlist from so many entries was indeed a very difficult process.”

These dedicated caterers are among the 32 nominees shortlisted for 10 categories in this year’s prestigious HCL awards, which are all sponsored by HCL’s suppliers.

The HCL awards event celebrates the dedication, innovation, passion, ambition, enthusiasm, professionalism and skill within HCL’s workforce.

Nominations flooded in from headteachers, business managers, and HCL management in recognition of the outstanding performance and contribution to the organisation from individual colleagues and teams of HCL staff have made.

All of the shortlisted nominees, and those who nominated them are invited to attend a glittering gala dinner and awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday, May 11, at the Hilton Hotel in Watford.

Each category winner will be presented with a certificate of achievement and a glass trophy to mark their achievement. Alongside category award winners, HCL will also be presenting long service honours for colleagues who have dedicated their career supporting school pupils with nutritious and delicious food for up to 30 years in their Long Service Awards.

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