Ex-pupil Anita gets crowned cook of year

Cook of the Year Award for Anita Moore at West Vale Primary School. Pictured with Wilf, Jacob, Poppy, Ava and Hannah.
Cook of the Year Award for Anita Moore at West Vale Primary School. Pictured with Wilf, Jacob, Poppy, Ava and Hannah.

When Anita Moore was a pupil at West Vale Primary School, never did she anticipate that some 40 years on she’d be receiving a national award for her long-lasting services.

The cooking charge has just been crowned ‘cook of the year ‘ as part of the National Unsung Heroes Catering Staff Awards.

Anita, now 47, has been employed by West Vale - where she attended as a child - since 1995.

She was put forward for the prize by headteacher Rachel Kemp, who said she was a credit to the school and particularly appreciated for her hardworking efforts in serving up impressively themed lunches.

Anita - whose grandson Jacob currently attends West Vale - said she was thrilled with the win. She said: “It’s absolutely amazing, it’s just made me feel that everything that I do is so appreciated.”

Anita serves up around 146 dinners on a daily basis and said it could be her unique style of dining that led to the win.

She said: “We’ve taken over the dining room and we celebrate every holiday, harvest festival, Christmas, St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day.”