Bolton School Senior Girls

Success on a Plate for Catering Team

Bolton School's Catering Department is the best independent school catering team in the country and it's official!  Catering Manager, Mrs Karen Riley and her colleague Mr Andrew Scialipi-Sullivan, Catering Coordinator, represented the team on Monday evening at a glittering black-tie awards dinner at the 5 star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.  The final of the 2011 Educatering Excellence Awards saw 350 of school catering's elite gather to decide the final winners of 13 categories.  Bolton School overcame stiff competition in the shape of Eton College and Cheadle Hulme School. 

Mrs Riley said: "It was an amazing evening and we were very thrilled and very proud to win the award. The prize is due to the commitment and support of the team and is a reflection of how hard we have all worked. We were on the same table as Elaine Long, Head of Bolton's School Meals Service, who won the Local Authority Caterer of the Year Award on the night.  So a very successful Bolton table!  Now the pressure is on to retain our title for next year!"

The menu for the night had been devised by Executive Chef Steve Munkley and the evening was punctuated by performances from the three finalists for the national School's Got Talent Competition.

Prior to the night Mrs Riley had said: "We have undoubtedly improved our game over recent years.  There have been all round changes to our branding and we have run more promotions and theme days for the pupils.  We continually seek feedback from students and they tells us that there has been continuous improvement in the past three years."

The Catering Department at Bolton School feeds over 2,300 pupils, academic and support staff every day during term-time in five different dining rooms across the campus.  They also provide high quality catering for a range of events that are held at the School through BSS Events and Lettings, including weddings, parties and conferences.  Earlier this month they supplied drinks and canapés for the Tillotson Lecture given by Lord Sebastian Coe and Sir Philip Craven. 


Mrs Riley receives the School's Award

In the photo are left to right: Richard Cooke from Calypso Soft Drinks, the award sponsor; Mrs Karen Riley, Catering Manager at Bolton School; Jane Renton, Group Editorial Director of Educatering Magazine

Karen Riley, Catering Manager at Bolton School

Andrew Scialpi-Sullivan, Ronda Figgins and Karen Riley, Catering Manager, celebrate on behalf of the Catering Team