Case Study: Cucina Restaurants 2014
Cucina Restaurants, the school catering firm was founded in 2006 on a simple vision, ‘to make school food the best.’ They present wide choices of restaurant standard food to staff and students in 47 UK state secondary schools and academies. This is healthy, inventive and attractive food, served in formats that young people know, recognise and like, and it’s cooked from scratch each day, on site, by high calibre chef teams.
In 2014 they teamed with high profile chef Phil Howard, the two Michelin Star owner and proprietor of The Square restaurant in Mayfair, to produce a special 'British Classics' school food range that was served at all of Cucina’s schools during the ten lunches of British Food Fortnight
Phil worked with Cucins’a team of Head Chefs to produce two versions of each of the dishes, one within the budgetary constraints of school catering and the second a fuller, restaurant style version, with recipes cards for parents, students and teachers to try the dishes at home.
The range included dishes such as Pea and Bacon Soup with a Sausage Roll and Rarebit; Shepherd’s Baked Potato with Rosemary Melted Onions; Cauliflower, Ham and Cheese Fritters with an Apple and Onion Dip; and Orange Beignets with Lemon Posset.
Commenting on the work, Phil Howard said, ‘The future of British food lies with our children – and to help play a part by devising a menu to champion British food and produce, and the promotion of it during British Food Fortnight, seemed like a very sound place to start.’