Get nominating: Jamie Oliver opens award to honour school food champions

9 February 2024
Jamie Oliver’s Good School Food Awards have opened for nominations. The free-to-enter award celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity and determination of schools and school food heroes who ensure children are well-nourished and ready to learn each day.

The winners will be presented with a special Golden Spoon trophy, which they can proudly display in their school.

In keeping with the whole school approach to food we love to see, there’s room to nominate individual catering staff, food teachers, students, governors and others leading the way, as well as an entire school.

The eight categories this year are Catering Team Champions, Sustainability Star, School Leader Food Hero, Youth Activist of 2024, Food Educator of 2024, Rising Star, Community & Kindness Award and, new for 2024, Joe Wicks’ Food For Fuel Award.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 March.

The awards will be shortlisted by an expert panel, chaired by our very own Chief Executive Stephanie Slater. Then a celebrity judging panel, which includes Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Prue Leith, will choose the winners, who will be announced in late June.

Jamie Oliver said: “We launched the awards last year and the response was overwhelming. We had thousands of entries across the country but more importantly than that, the positive effect winning had on last year’s winners is what really made the difference.

“We wanted to show love and appreciation to the food educators, teachers and catering teams that work so hard 190 days a year to feed our kids and teach them about the joy of food. I truly believe schools are our secret weapon. From the food they serve to the cooking skills they teach kids, they lay the foundation for children’s health and wellbeing, as well as their academic success and future productivity.”

We at School Food Matters love to see our passionate school food teams getting the recognition they so thoroughly deserve. We see first-hand that they’re working incredibly hard and thinking in creative ways, in the face of limited resources, to make sure our children get the nutrition they need to thrive. So please get nominating, which you can do here.