Nottingham

Jamie Oliver dinner lady Jeanette Orrey receives MBE

Jeanette Orrey MBE
Image caption Mrs Orrey inspired Jamie Oliver to make the TV series Jamie's School Dinners

Jeanette Orrey, the former Nottingham dinner lady who inspired TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve food in schools, has received her MBE.

The children's food campaigner was made an MBE for her services to food in schools.

Mrs Orrey, 56, received the honour from the Princess Royal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

She is credited with inspiring Jamie Oliver's campaign through her own work at a primary school in East Bridgford.

The mother-of-three, from Little Carlton, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, said she was "absolutely thrilled" to receive the honour.

"I am very, very proud. But I would also like to say that this is for all the catering staff across the country," she said.

"Princess Anne was so lovely, she said 'I have heard about what you did and what you are doing and I think it is absolutely wonderful and keep up the good work'."