This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the LACA National School Meals Week (NSMW), which runs between 12–16 November. The purpose of NSMW is to promote school meals, and there are several events in which caterers can participate.
ISS will serve the Nation’s Favourite School Meal, celebrating the Soil Association Food For Life’s National Roast Dinner Day and asking pupils to vote for their favourite school lunch. In addition ISS will invite head teachers to enjoy a free school meal during NSMW, so they can experience school meals for themselves. Throughout the week chefs are encouraged to share a #cookeditmyselfie on social media, showcasing the dishes they create in school kitchens.
ISS have 15 school chefs taking part in the ‘Host a School Chef initiative’, which will run throughout the year, giving them the opportunity to spend the day behind the scenes in top restaurants. The winner of ISS’ Chef of the Year 2018 competition, Cheryl Humphries, Catering Manager at High Weald School in Kent, will take the first posting. She will join the Head Development Chef from Kraft Heinz, sponsors of ‘Host a School Chef’, for a tour of its development kitchen at the Shard Restaurant in Central London.
Steve Kemp, Sector Director, ISS Education said: “It’s great to see so much positive activity around school meals. Our chefs work hard to give children a healthy meal every day, and it’s important that we recognise that school food has come a long way in the last 10 years. The Host a School Chef programme is fantastic – we have a lot of talent in our kitchens and we are excited for our people to take part in this opportunity to learn new skills.”
Linda Cregan, Food Service Director, ISS Education commented: “National School Meals Week plays an important role in the mission to change the face of school meals. We have a responsibility to show that the meals we serve help children with energy levels, concentration and attainment, as well as allowing them to build essential social skills by eating together. I am excited that ISS are able to take part in so many of the great initiatives set up by LACA.”
To support LACA, ISS will also be collaborating with other caterers to provide food and refreshments for its event at the House of Commons.