I was asked recently to talk about my job as a Catering Supervisor for the Kirklees staff magazine so i thought i’d share the article with you. It gives a bit of insight into the work that goes on in schools to feed pupils across Kirklees.
How long have you been doing this job?
I have worked at Ravensthorpe Junior School for 7 and a half years.
What did you want to be when you left school? And why did you choose this job?
When I was at school I wanted to be a teacher but I also enjoyed my part-time job working in a pub and restaurant. I started working for Kirklees catering service when my youngest child started school. The hours fitted in perfectly with a school day and it also meant that I had the school holidays off as well, which is a big bonus when you have young children. I started working as a Customer Service Assistant then progressed to Cook (with all training being provided by Kirklees) before starting my current position as a Catering Supervisor leading a team of four and producing around 270 meals a day.
What are your working hours?
I start work at 7:15am and finish at 2:30pm.
What do you do in a typical day?
My day starts with baking fresh food for the day such as biscuits, flapjack, sponges or muffins. Then I move onto the main savoury dishes of the day where I could be making Bolognese sauce for lasagnes or cheese and onion pasties as well as making a sauce to go with the pasta or jacket potatoes. Once everything is cooking I deal with food delivery orders that have arrived. At midday I serve the children their lunches and get to chat to the children as much as I can. After lunch I weigh up the ingredients needed for the next day and complete any administration that needs doing.
What’s the best bit about your job?
I really enjoy my job as I have a great team working with me and I enjoy all the different things my job allows me to do. I like the cooking aspect and I also like chatting to the children and getting to know them.
What’s the most challenging bit about your job?
Keeping the children happy keeps me on my toes! Children can easily change their minds about what they like from day to day so we have to cater to their needs as well as keeping a healthy balance.
What do your family think of what you do?
My family are really supportive of me and the job that I do.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
When I have finished work I jump on my bike and go for a ride as it is good exercise and helps me clear my head and relax.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this job?
I love the job i do but If I didn’t do this job I think I would like to run a small café – i just love feeding people!
Thanks for reading, Tracy