Solihull school Grace Academy has been recognised for its excellent catering facilities thanks to its Chef Manager - Andy Davies, employee of contract caterer Elior - who was crowned winner of the Unit Manager Award at the national Cost Sector Catering Awards.


The awards, which recognise excellence in contract and public sector catering, highlighted Davies’ best practice - particularly for implementing a number of engaging initiatives such as the school’s kitchen garden, a catering tie-in with Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell, its live theatre cooking and school-supplied lunch boxes.


“This award highlights someone that stands out above all others in their quest for excellence and we’re delighted that Andy has been rewarded for his commitment to Grace Academy and its pupils,” said Paul Jarrott, Group Manager (Grace Academy), Elior UK. “During his time at the school Andy has worked to deliver a multi-faceted customer experience to pupils – making healthy food fun and interesting.


“From serving the produce he grows in the school’s kitchen garden – including beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips and fresh herbs  - to hosting hands-on produce days for pupils to learn about fresh food, Andy always delivers a first class customer service.”


Grace Academy Solihull is an all-ability academy for 11-19 year-olds serving the community in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham.  It is part of a group of three academies and also has sites in Coventry and Darlaston.