Chichester College catering manager wins national award

27 November 2015

Chichester College’s Michaela Clayton has been named Education Catering Manager of the Year at a special awards ceremony held at the Lancaster Hotel, London on Monday 23 November.

Michaela, who has worked at the college for more than 10 years, was one of three finalists shortlisted for the FSM (Food Service Management) Awards in the Education category.

The award recognises individual managers working in the education sector of the contract catering industry and celebrates their achievements.

Michaela said: “I am really surprised and a little bit speechless. I didn’t expect to win – I felt it was just an honour to have even been nominated.

“I feel very proud, but I honestly don’t think I’ve really done more than anyone else – I’ve just done my job.

“I try to listen to what the students say about the meals – what they want, what they like and I aim to reflect that with the food we provide at the college. But I couldn’t do my job without the team of people that I work with at Chichester College, they are just as deserving and I share my award with them.

“I love my job and I love working in catering. When I started my career, I wanted to do the best job I could and to make my parents proud. Hopefully that’s what I’ve done.”

Michaela is employed by Aramark, who hold the college’s catering contract, and she manages many of the food and drink facilities at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses – including Coasters, Costa and Subway, as well as the student shop and the catering at First Steps Childcare.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Principal at Chichester College, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Michaela has won this award – it is richly deserved.

“Michaela is hugely passionate about her work and about ensuring that our students are well looked after and are able to enjoy meals that are healthy, appetising and affordable.

“She is hugely committed to the college. For more than ten years, Michaela commuted from Dorset to Chichester every day – battling through snow on more than one occasion to ensure our residential students would receive a hot meal.

“She is a credit to the college and this award is a great recognition of all of her hard work.”

Joanne Hooper, Director of Operations & Client Relations for Aramark South West, added: “Aramark are extremely proud and delighted that Michaela has been recognised with such a prestigious industry award.

“Her ability to enrich and nourish student lives through our services is testament to her continued hard work and dedication.

“She is well respected by everyone who knows her and within our organisation she really is seen as a true star.”