The tasty school dinners of cook Jackie Hebbron have earned her a place in the top kitchen division.
Her skill with her recipes has given the school one of the highest percentages of children eating cooked meals anywhere in the country.
Jackie is hanging up her apron and will be a hard act to follow after working at Harewood C of E Primary School for more than 20 years.
Mrs Hebbron, who lives in East Kewick with husband Ian and turned 65 last November, said: “I am proud of what we achieved at the school, with school dinner intake going up, which was fantastic for us.
“Of course I am very sad to leave the children behind, Harewood is a lovely school but I am retirement age now and I wanted to spend some time on myself and enjoy life a bit more at a slower pace.”
Val Masterton, an administrator at the school who remembers Jackie’s first day 20 years ago, said: “Jackie has been amazing to the children and we are all very sorry to see her leave. I have been here since she started on day one and all the children have loved the meals she prepared, which were delicious.
“She has been a credit to the school and a wonderful member of the school family.
“I can only wish her the best for her retirement now, she deserves a rest!”
Mrs Hebbron, whose last day at the school was Friday April 1, said she felt ‘emotional’ on the day as she was presented with cards and gifts from children in the school assembly.
Jackie now intends to spend her retirement with husband Ian, their five children and nine grandchildren after a holiday in the Lake District this week.
“She said: “I have nine grandchildren aged between 5 and 15 so I expect to be kept very busy in the near future. We are on holiday in Cumbria at the moment so it is nice just to relax before getting back home.”