New Winter Spring Menu
31 October 2016
The chillier days are now here and to help keep our customers warm at lunchtime, we’ve incorporated lots of warming, tasty, seasonal recipes into our new Winter & Spring 2016-17 lunchtime menu which starts Monday 31st October.
One of the new recipes featuring in menu week one is a most delicious Curried Fish Bake – a recipe developed by one of our many talented Unit Managers, Joanne Wall from St Clement’s Primary School, Hr. Openshaw. Joanne created the recipe as part of her entry into our annual competition, The Great Manchester Fayre Cook-Off. Supported by Joanne O’Sullivan from St Lukes Primary School, Longsight, she had just one hour to prepare and serve four portions of her dish to a judging panel. Her dish was a clear winner, as the very critical judges cleared their plates and even asked for more! Resulting from her Cook-Off triumph, we are now entering Joanne into the national competition, School Chef of the Year, where she will compete with school chefs from across the country. We wish Joanne the very best of luck!
The Great Manchester Fayre Cook-Off is just one aspect of our annual training programme, where more than 120 Unit Managers are brought together to take part in three consecutive days of specific training. The 2016 Carousel included a Food Hygiene Level 3 qualification, Customer Care and Keeping Well at Work, which are all designed to support our Unit Managers to maintain excellent standards as they prepare and serve lunchtime meals at school each day.
Still working closely with our local suppliers, the Menu Planning Team visited more farms across Lancashire during the summer, where they saw carrots, cauliflowers and salad items growing, being washed and then packed into boxes ready for delivery to our schools. As a result, we’re working with our fresh produce supplier to incorporate more seasonal vegetables into our menus, which started this term with samples of Romanesco broccoli being delivered to kitchens, and proved to be extremely popular with pupils.