A chef at Reigate's Dunottar School has been judged as one of nine national winners of an outstanding performance award.

For Ricardo “Ricky” Campbell won through in the awards run by Brookwood, which provides a dedicated contract catering service to 94 independently-run schools across the UK, including Dunottar School.

Catering manager Jackie Denyer said: “Ricky has stepped into the role of being my right-hand man with enthusiasm and a willing attitude.

“He will do more than asked and is always happy, singing and smiling. “He is a valued asset to the school.”

Ricardo, who has been working at Dunottar for two years, said: “I was really happy to win this, as I was a runner-up last year.

“I’ve been working so hard, and now I want to work harder. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my manager Jackie.”

Ricardo also won a £50 voucher, which he aims to spend on his four-year-old daughter.