A training scheme for teachers, school cooks and teaching assistants in Birmingham was announced yesterday as part of a £220 million overhaul of school meals over three years.
The School Feast (Food Excellence Skills and Training) centres will work in partnership with Bournville College and Birmingham City Council in what is being hailed as a "revolutionary" training move by the Government's School Food Trust.
Staff at schools in the region will be trained on cooking and food processing, and will also receive certificates in providing a healthier school meal service.
Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said the centres were "another leap forward" towards healthy school meals, after it was revealed many school cooks lacked training.
"This is just one part of a range of activity that is happening to make sure the school food revolution succeeds," he said.
"These centres will train school cooks from across the country and make sure that they are able to prepare meals from healthy fresh ingredients, taking these skills back to their schools."