A cook at Broadford Primary School has won Highland Council's Employee of the Year 2018 Award.
Annette Burfooot, who has been at the school for 11 years, is described as a skilled and dedicated member of staff who is passionate about promoting healthy eating and regularly goes into classrooms to chat to the children about nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. She also encourages them to proactively get involved in the planning of menus for school meals making the most of fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the school garden.
With the encouragement of the Council’s catering service, earlier this year Annette entered the annual Scottish national competition, Scottish School cook of the Year. She won the Highland heat and then went on to compete with cooks from throughout Scotland and came away with the runner up award.
Before competing, Annette consulted and trialled menu options with primary 6 and 7 pupils who helped her select the mouth-watering menu she put forward. All the fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit used in her award winning dish that impressed the judges were grown by the pupils. After attending the award ceremony she laid on a party with lots of tasty treats to personally thank pupils and staff for all their help and support.
Catering Services Manager Sue Nield who nominated Annette for Employee of the Year said: “Annette’s proactive role within her school is the very heart of what our school meals are all about. Her relationship with staff and children is inspirational. With her encouragement, pupils are eating and enjoying a wide variety of foods. One of the favourite vegetables on the menu is kale - it’s the way she cooks it and crisps it up which the pupils love! She is always willing to do the best that she can in supporting her school and the whole community.”
One parent added: “I’ve seen first-hand the passion Annette she has for cooking healthy balanced meals and how much she cares about all the children getting a good meal. She is a credit to her profession and to Broadford Primary.”
Annette was presented with her award by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson and Manish Garg from WIPRO at a ceremony held last night (Thursday 8 November) in Inverness Town House. The Awards were hosted by STV news presenter Norman MacLeod.
Above image: L to R - Council Leader Councillor Margaret Davidson, Annette Burfoot, Manish Garg from WIPRO and STV News Presenter, Norman MacLeod