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Barking dinner lady served national catering award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 October 2015

From left to right - Tony Clifton from Dr Oetker who presented the award, Lisa Morris from Barking and Dagenham Catering Services, Jane Renton, Editorial Director, EDUcatering Magazine and Tim Baker, Headteacher of Charlton Manor who hosted the evening

From left to right - Tony Clifton from Dr Oetker who presented the award, Lisa Morris from Barking and Dagenham Catering Services, Jane Renton, Editorial Director, EDUcatering Magazine and Tim Baker, Headteacher of Charlton Manor who hosted the evening

Simon Kearsley

A dinner lady who holds the recipe for success has been crowned primary school caterer of the year.

Lisa Morris, a cook supervisor at Manor Longbridge School, was nominated for the award for inspiring young people to grow food and eat healthily.

The 46-year-old, who works at the Sandringham Road school in Barking, was crowned at the EDUcatering Excellence Awards last Tuesday.

Her national success was just a matter of time after she was labelled the borough’s best chef in November 2014.

She said: “I haven’t come down yet. I’ve never won anything like this before.

“I cannot believe it – I am absolutely over the moon to be recognised as the best in the UK.”

The awards were held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and over 350 catering professionals attended.

Lisa lives on Aylmer Road in Dagenham and is known for creating her award-winning Moroccan turkey tagine dish, which will now feature on Barking and Dagenham Catering Services’ new winter menu.

Deputy head at Manor Longbridge, Bruce Munro, added: “Every school should have a Lisa. If everyone did, the world would be a happy and well-fed place.”


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