A catering supervisor from Cairn Primary School was the winner of the Service Excellence prize from the South Ayrshire Council’s Outstanding People Awards 2015.
Tracey Capstick from the school in Maybole fought off six other nominees to win the prize.
A spokesperson said: “Tracy Capstick goes out of her way to encourage the children to try different things, make healthy choices, and even try cooking for themselves.
“She has pioneered a new programme of weekly cookery workshops for parents, promoting healthy cooking using fresh, local produce.
“Tracy’s enthusiasm and drive has also seen the introduction of a breakfast club, primary 7 leavers lunch and regular parents’ lunches.”
The awards recognise those members of staff who go the extra mile to deliver a truly outstanding service to customers, service users and colleagues throughout South Ayrshire.
Each year, staff are nominated under various categories and in 2015 there were five service categories: Service Excellence, Innovation, Sustainability, Equalities in Action and Inspirational Young Employee.
All those nominated received a bronze certificate to mark their achievement. A judging panel then looked at all submissions and shortlisted 19 finalists – each receiving a silver award – from which the final winners were selected.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “All of those nominated, our finalists and the winners should be very proud of their achievements.
“They are ambassadors for the council, delivering the best services possible and are an inspiration to fellow staff.
“The Outstanding People Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the dedication and commitment of employees from services all across the Council.
Councillor Robin Reid said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated, our finalists and the winners of these prestigious awards.
“Of course, the real winners in this process are our service users and customers who benefit from the extra efforts of staff.
“We all know council employees that go out of their way, so keep them in mind for next year and hopefully they will get some recognition too.”