Council chef cooks at Chatsworth to celebrate National School Meals Week

Award-winning school chef Rose Wallace has been invited to cook at Chatsworth to help celebrate National School Meals Week.

9 November 2017

One of our award-winning school chefs has been invited to cook at Chatsworth to help mark National School Meals Week (NSMW).


Rose Wallace will be guest chef in the Carriage House restaurant at the world-famous Peak District stately home on Monday (13 November 2017) during NSMW which runs until Friday 17 November 2017.

Rose, who has worked for us for 33 years and is a catering supervisor at Deer Park Primary School in Wingerworth, is the current East Midlands School Chef of the Year and was a finalist in the national School Chef of the Year competition in 2011 and again this year.

The 'Host a School Chef' initiative is just one of the activities planned during NSMW which aims to promote school food, encourage as many children to enjoy school meals as possible, raise children's interest in all aspects of food, nutrition and cooking, provide them with the opportunity to experience new foods and tastes and help them learn about healthy lifestyles.

Our school catering service is organising a week of themed menus for primary and secondary schools, a 'Headteacher's Choice' lunch day and a cupcake decorating competition in primary schools with the chance for pupils to win baking equipment for their school.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"Our catering service does a fantastic job to ensure children can enjoy a healthy nutritious meal during their school day and we are extremely proud of our school meals service in Derbyshire.

"Research suggests there are many educational benefits for children who have a school meal helping them to get the best start in life as well as encouraging healthy lifestyles.

"National School Meals Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the service and we have some great activities running − as well as a chance to see one of our long-serving chefs cooking in the kitchens of a world-famous stately home!"

Rose said she was 'very proud' to be representing our school catering service at Chatsworth.

She said:

"I'm delighted to have been invited to cook at Chatsworth − it's a fantastic opportunity for me to show how school meals have developed and the high quality of our service in Derbyshire.

"I'm sure I'll get some great ideas which I can bring back to share with the children in our cooking lessons and school menus and hope I can share some of my skills with the team at Chatsworth too!"

Our catering services provides approximately 34,000 primary, secondary and special school meals per day cooked and served in 380 kitchens and dining centres and provides a countywide free school meals service.

The service recently won the Innovation Award at 'The Cateys' − the annual food service and catering industry awards − and the Nan Berger Memorial Award for increasing meal uptake and raising the profile of the school catering service through innovation at the Lead Association for Catering in Education Awards for Excellence event.

For more information about our school meals service visit My School Lunch (opens in a new window).

Families who qualify for free school meals can save £400 a year for each of their children and the school also benefits from a £1,000 Government premium for every pupil who is eligible.

Parents can find out more and check if they qualify for free school meals.