Talented cooks have been rewarded for their efforts in encouraging more young people in South Tyneside to choose a healthy school lunch.
Catering staff from across the Borough's schools were presented with awards from Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families.
Among those to be presented with an Award were Ellie Crookes from Mortimer Primary who won a prestigious national "Best in Class" Award in a recent national competition and Lisa Devine who was commended for achieving her Level Three Certificate in Patisserie.
The catering team from Harton Primary School was named Team of The Year for their fantastic teamwork and support for the school's community cookery club which sees catering staff passing on their skills to local families.
Councillor Smith said: "School meals are an incredibly important element in our mission to give all our young people the best start in life.
"We know that a nutritious, balanced meal at lunchtime impacts positively on children's concentration and behaviour. That is why the efforts of our dedicated catering teams are so very important in helping to give our children the fuel they need to stay healthy and active."
A total of 91 per cent of infants, 65 per cent of juniors and 55 per cent of secondary school students children take a school lunch in South Tyneside.
Kelly Elwood was also presented with an award for her first class hospitality service to Town Hall guests.