Food glorious food at Donington school

Thomas Cowley staff and students ready to serve food at The Big Lunch. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140715-107TW

Thomas Cowley staff and students ready to serve food at The Big Lunch. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140715-107TW

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Food has been a major focus at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School this month.

Teachers put the sizzle into summer with the 14th annual Thomas Cowley Staff Cook of the Year Competition, the school’s own take on MasterChef.

Nicola Arnold with staff cook-off winner Vanessa Majer. SG020715-120TW

Nicola Arnold with staff cook-off winner Vanessa Majer. SG020715-120TW

Past winner Vanessa Majer, partnered by skivvy Nicola Arnold, took the title in the last of her 14 years at the school.

Competition organiser Diane Jenney said: “Vanessa’s table was just amazing.”

Skivvy of the year went to Lois Morris, working alongside last year’s cook winner Katy Smith.

Eighty guests sampled the fabulous fare on offer at the school when residents joined The Big Lunch.

Sam Palmer and James Brader in the staff competition. SG020715-118TW

Sam Palmer and James Brader in the staff competition. SG020715-118TW

The Big Lunch initiative went hand in hand with a move to see students eating more healthily, Let’s Get Fruity, and every pupil was provided with fresh fruit for a whole week.

Guests were also given seeds so they can raise plants to be used in the school’s new community garden.

Carla Westwell. SG020715-119TW

Carla Westwell. SG020715-119TW