POPULAR school chef Dawn Watkins has been recognised after serving up 25 years at Light Hall.
Not only has the head cook spent a quarter of a century working in the school’s kitchen but she also attended it as a pupil, as did her two children.
“I started as a general assistant,” said the 53-year-old grandmother.
“Then gradually I worked my way up to assistant cook and then head cook. I really enjoy my job, I work with a great team of people and I really like the school, which is why I have stayed here for so long.
“It’s really handy that I used to be a pupil here because I know where everything is in the school.”
The way that school meals are prepared and what food is offered at the school has come full circle for Dawn.
“When I was a pupil, it was very much your meat and two veg. But eventually it started to become a lot more cafeteria style - we served chips with everything.
“After the Jamie Oliver’s School Meals were brought in, it was back to the meat and two veg. We cook everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients. It’s hard work, I start at 6.10am every day but I love it. I love doing theme meals and the children like it too.”
Dawn received an award from Solihull Council for 25 years service.
“It’s an honour to be recognised, the past 25 years have flown by. It’s so nice to watch the children grow. I’m hoping to be here for a few more years yet.”