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Cucina’s clean water project through purchases of Life Water is now complete!

We are proud to announce that Cucina’s clean water project through purchases of Life Water is now complete! The Bamon Para community of 1960 people in West Bengal now have immediate access to safe, clean drinking water improving their prospects of a brighter future. “Our gratitude to the sponsors of this well, because they are […]

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Cucina Restaurants awarded Vegetarian Society approved status for second consecutive year

Vegetarian Society Approved trademark underlines school caterer’s commitment to excellence For the second successive year, products and dishes of artisan school catering company Cucina Restaurants have been licensed to carry the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark. This accreditation gives continuing assurance to students and staff that all vegetarian dishes served in its restaurants are of the […]

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Cucina Restaurants awarded Soil Association Gold Catering Mark

Pioneering school caterer and Southfield School for Girls win top Catering Mark accreditation. Artisan secondary school caterer Cucina Restaurants and Southfield School for Girls have been awarded the Soil Association’s coveted Food for Life Gold Catering Mark. The award followed a rigorous process of auditing for the highest standards of provenance and traceability, to provide […]

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Newest Milton Keynes restaurant opens – in a school

Milton Keynes’ newest restaurant has opened in a school.

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Management restructure at Cucina

In response to the healthy growth of the business in recent years, we have reorganised our management structure, with owner Steve Quinn moving to the position of Chief Executive and Mr Stuart Lenton taking over as Managing Director. Stuart, with over 28 years in the school food industry, has spent the past 15 years of […]

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Professional MasterChef winner joins national school caterer

Culinary genius Ash Mair to lead Cucina Restaurants development chef team

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Cucina Restaurants joins The Vegetarian Society Food & Drink Guild

State school catering firm Cucina Restaurants has won Vegetarian Society accreditation, earning the right to display the Society’s renowned trademark on all of its vegetarian food products. This symbol, respected worldwide as the only vegetarian logo to recognise the ethical preferences of vegetarians, confirms that the food items on which it appears are free from animal fats […]

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Martha’s Bake Off for Children in Need

Great British Bake Off Quarter Finalist Martha Collison bakes with Cucina Restaurants for ‘Children In Need’  Great British Bake Off Quarter Finalist Martha Collison has teamed with her school catering company Cucina Restaurants to raise money for Children In Need in 47 schools across the UK. The Year 13 student from Charters School in Sunningdale […]

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Phil Howard to create British Classics menu with Cucina for British Food Fortnight

Two Michelin Star Great British Menu judge to produce school food range for annual harvest celebration of British food. High profile chef Phil Howard, the two Michelin Star owner and proprietor of The Square restaurant in Mayfair, is teaming with school catering firm Cucina Restaurants to produce a special ‘British Classics’ school food range for […]

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Cucina partners with ‘Love British Food’ for British Food Fortnight

School caterer working with celebrity chef to develop special ‘British Classics’ range Pioneering school caterer Cucina Restaurants, the first school food company to install high calibre chefs into each of its school kitchens, has become a  partner  of British Food Fortnight, the UK’s national celebration of the very best of British food and British food […]

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School caterer suggests food standards be part of Ofsted

Steve Quinn of Cucina praises new school food standards but calls for greater accountability Praising the government’s revised school food standards which were announced last week, the head of a UK secondary school catering company has called for the government’s revised school food standards to be linked to a ‘rigorous system of accountability’. Writing in […]

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Wessex gold for Cucina Head Chef

Stockley Academy’s Dean Wentworth wins gold and silver at Salon Culinaire event Cucina’s Dean Wentworth, Head Chef of Stockley Academy, Middlesex has won gold and silver medals at Wessex Salon Culinaire, organised by The Craft Guild of Chefs and held at Brockenhurst College, Hampshire on May 28 and 29 2014. The event is one of the […]

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Cucina chefs ‘Best in Class’ at Salon Culinaire

Chefs from leading school catering firm Cucina Restaurants won ‘Best in Class’, Silver and Bronze medals in the recent Salon Culinaire competition at London’s prestigious Hotelympia event. Cucina chefs Andy Wilcock, Mark Cartwright and Dean Wentworth were all winners, with Mark and Andy taking Silver and ‘Best in Class’ in Thursday’s  ‘Live Theatre’ Soups and Sauce […]

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Cucina Restaurants joins Sustain’s Real Bread Campaign

School catering firm praised for creating healthier eating opportunities National school catering company Cucina Restaurants has thrown its weight behind Sustain charity’s Real Bread Campaign, a food industry alliance to encourage the enjoyment, production and consumption of bread made with natural ingredients and no adulterants. Commenting, Sam Davies, Cucina’s Director of Food said: “Our company […]

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Cucina retains Stockley Academy contract

Two year extension worth more than £500,000 School catering firm Cucina Restaurants has retained its contract at Stockley Academy in Hillingdon, Middlesex.  Extension of its three-year contract is worth an estimated  £509,573 over two years. Cucina MD Steve Quinn said: “We’re thrilled with this, and delighted to be continuing our excellent partnership with Stockley Academy.”

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National school caterer creates Oxford restaurant

‘The Oxford Kitchen’ on course for pre-Christmas opening Steve Quinn and Sam Davies, owners and directors of high-end school catering firm Cucina Restaurants are to open ‘The Oxford Kitchen’ –  a new restaurant in Oxford’s Summertown area. The new restaurant, formerly known as Florios, is currently undergoing a completely new redesign and refit to create […]

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Cucina up for 3 major food industry awards

Groundbreaking school caterer shortlisted for Foodservice Cateys and Educatering Excellence Awards Cucina Restaurants has been shortlisted for 3 major food industry awards, all of which will be announced in October. The company has made a shortlist of 3 for Education Caterer of the Year at  the first ever ‘Foodservice Cateys’, organised by Caterer & Hotelkeeper […]

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Cucina responds to the School Food Plan

Reservations about packed lunches ban but broad agreement on recommendations National school catering company Cucina Restaurants has responded in a broadly positive way to the government’s recently unveiled School Food Plan. Writing in the company’s official blog, Cucina’s Director of Food Sam Davies expressed reservations about the proposal to ban packed lunches but commended other […]

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Wilmington Academy fruit and vegetables star in school Horticulture Show

On July 15, Wilmington Academy students hosted a horticulture business trade show, involving local garden centres and other businesses, horticultural colleges, the school beekeeping club as well as teachers and students from other schools. Cucina chef Mark Cartwright put on a cooking demo with food from the garden… igethair.com/axs/files/ “We took the produce out of […]

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Leigh Academy students cater for cricket stars

Gourmet menu served at Lashings cricket event On Friday 5 July, 30 year 10 students at The Leigh Technology Academy served a special gourmet lunch for ex Test cricket stars at the Lashings World XI Cricket Gala day. Organised by the Leigh Academy Trust, this special event featured a galaxy of past and present cricket […]

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School catering company’s management team goes back to cooking and cleaning

Top performing Cucina team enjoys treats, while bosses step in to stage super-heroes theme day The catering staff at Hertfordshire’s Bushey Academy were treated to a fun day out on Wednesday 21 November, with the company’s management team coming in to replace them for the day. The outing, which was the team’s reward for being […]

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Cucina wins 2 new school catering contracts

School caterer’s new contracts worth a combined £3m over 5 years School caterer Cucina has won 2 new school contracts in Kent, together worth an estimated £3m over 5 years. The first is at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School in Sidcup. Cucina will provide catering services on a three-year contract (with 2-year extension) to the […]

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Cucina quadruples school meal uptake in Hertswood

Sales go ‘through the roof’ in new contract In the first week of its new contract at Hertswood School, Cucina has quadrupled the uptake of school meals. Cucina Director Sam Davies said: “As in all our new contracts, we’ve been working hard to get everything just right and the results have been fantastic. The students […]

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Cucina’s Executive Group Chef Andy Wilcock appeared on Channel 4 news recently, commenting on the current horse meat food scandal.

Cucina was invited onto the programme to show how, with a more diligent and ethical approach to food sourcing and less reliance on processed foods, this crisis could have been avoided. One Hour Online Loans Cucina does not, never has, and never will use any processed food in its restaurants. We work hard to ensure […]

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Dartford school student produces 200 Christmas puddings

Would-be chef mixes186 kilos of Cucina festive pud  13 year-old Levi Bartley, a year 8 student at Leigh Technology Academy was hard at work  before and after school last week, to help make 200 Christmas puddings in his school kitchen. Levi, who dreams of becoming a chef when he is older, has been working in […]

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Masterchef school dinners for 50,000 secondary students

Reigning TV ‘Masterchef the Professionals’ champion Ash Mair unveils school food signature range 50,000 UK school students are now being offered Masterchef-created gourmet lunch items, thanks to Ash Mair, reigning champion of the popular BBC programme ‘Masterchef the Professionals’. Mair, dubbed ‘a supreme talent’ by 2-Michelin star culinary legend Michel Roux Junior, worked with Cucina’s […]

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School catering company’s management team goes back to cooking and cleaning

Top performing Cucina team enjoys treats, while bosses step in to stage super-heroes theme day The catering staff at Hertfordshire’s Bushey Academy were treated to a fun day out on Wednesday 21 November, with the company’s management team coming in to replace them for the day. The outing, which was the team’s reward for being […]

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TV chef Phil Howard looks to partner with school caterer

Food industry legend explores collaboration with Cucina following Teddington School visit Phil Howard, 2-Michelin star owner of Mayfair’s ‘The Square’ restaurant and star of BBC’s ‘The Great British Menu’ spent the morning of 14 November visiting school catering company Cucina at its Teddington School Restaurant to explore how he might work with the company in […]

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Year 9&10 catering students serve gourmet 3-course meal to Denise Lewis, Gianfranco Zola and a host of high-profile guests

Young catering students at The Harefield Academy in Middlesex helped prepare and present a gastronomic dinner to 250 guests at a biennial Sports Personality Awards dinner held last week. Denise Lewis, football legend Gianfranco Zola, Paralympic tennis silver medallist Andy Lapthorne and Hillingdon Lord Cllr Mayor Michael Markham were just some of the many high […]

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Channel 4’s Dispatches highlights dangers of flawed nutritional guidelines

‘50% meat’ sausage still within government guidelines, says school caterer Channel 4’s recently-aired Dispatches programme ‘The School Food Scandal’ has shown how adherence to the government’s nutritional guidelines is still allowing schools in the maintained sector to prepare and sell low-cost, low-grade food to students each day. Echoing Jamie Oliver’s dissatisfaction with the nutritional guidelines, […]

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Reigning BBC Pro Masterchef champ teams with school caterer

Acclaimed culinary talent Ash Mair develops new menus for Cucina School catering company Cucina Restaurants recently employed the services of BBC’s reigning ‘Masterchef The Professionals’ champion Ash Mair to  develop new menu offerings for the start of this new school year. loans san jose Working alongside Cucina’s new Guild of Chefs, Mair, acclaimed a ‘supreme […]

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Cucina’s Steve Quinn to be interviewed on Monday’s Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’

School caterer to share insights on the state of school dinners in the UK: ‘The School Dinner Scandal’ – airing 8pm, this coming Monday 10 September

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BBC Professional Masterchef champion comes to Cucina

Star TV chef Ash Mair keen to work with Cucina Restaurants after Harefield Academy meeting On Monday 25 June, Cucina Restaurants welcomed BBC Professional Masterchef champion Ash Mair to its school restaurant in The Harefield Academy. Mair, acclaimed as ‘a supreme talent’ by 2 Michelin Star culinary legend Michel Roux Jr, spent the morning meeting […]

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Cucina offers Olympics tickets

Cucina prize bonanza includes Sony PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS and official Euro 2012 match balls. Lucky students dining in Cucina school restaurants will have the chance to win Olympic tickets alongside other substantial prizes in a summer festival of sport about to get under way in all 37 of the company’s school and academy restaurants. […]

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School Catering MD attacks poor policing of nutritional guidelines in schools

Over 90% of Maintained Schools are almost certainly in breach, says Cucina boss Steve Quinn, Managing Director of school catering company Cucina has launched an attack on the way that the current nutritional guidelines are being enforced in maintained schools, stating that in his opinion, around 90% of all schools were in breach of these […]

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Jamie Oliver academies attack risks obscuring school restaurant achievements

Jamie Oliver’s recent attack on Michael Gove’s attitude to school food standards may fool the public into thinking that not much has been achieved in raising nutritional standards in academies, says the head of a UK school catering firm. Steve Quinn, MD of Cucina Ltd (operating fully-fledged restaurants in 37 UK schools) believes that Jamie […]

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Cucina retains contracts at The Harefield Academy and Edgebarrow School

Cucina retains contracts at The Harefield Academy and Edgebarrow School

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School restaurant inspires academy’s ‘Young Chef of the Year’ Winner

Cucina’s restaurant approach to school food helps inspire year 11 student to ‘Young Chef of the Year’ victory. Hearty congratulations to Rebecca Potter, Year 11 student at Harefield Academy in Middlesex, who won her district final in Rotary’s ‘Young Chef of the Year’ competition. Finalists were required to prepare two courses for £15 or under. […]

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Hens adopted by school caterers

Cucina has adopted a former battery farm hen for each of the 37 schools at which it has contracts up and down the country.

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Jamie Oliver challenged on School meal government standards debate by Cucina

Jamie Oliver challenged on School meal government standards debate by Cucina

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On the first day of Christmas Cucina gave to me…

On the first day of Christmas Cucina gave to me…

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Cucina doubles funds raised at its school restaurants for Children in Need

Cucina doubles funds raised at its school restaurants for Children in Need

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There is nothing scary about healthy food

There is nothing scary about healthy food

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Cucina updates App. Cooking up what kids want

School catering company Cucina has updated its increasingly popular app

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Cucina – Inspiring students to give school meals a try

Cucina – Inspiring students to give school meals a try

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A rewarding ride for Teddington School’s catering staff

Senior staff from school catering company Cucina returned to the floor

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Cucina Grows its Own People


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Exam Booster Healthy Eating Top Ten Tips from Cucina

Education catering expert Cucina has been providing Top Tips for Exam Success.

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Cucina has spring in its step with two new wins

Cucina has won two new contracts and seen weekly sales rocket since opening the new restaurants in January. Shoeburyness High School in Essex and Bexleyheath School in Kent are receiving restaurant quality food delivered by catering expert Cucina. The three year contracts will make fresh food available to the 1,700 pupils at Shoeburyness High School […]

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Educational caterer gets royal nod

With preparations afoot for the Royal Wedding, the catering industry is looking forward to finding out who will get to the Top Table this Summer. Staff and students at Arthur Mellows Village School in Peterborough have already been given a Royal nod when Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex opened the final phase of […]

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Silver Medal for Cucina Chef in Culinary World Cup

Education catering expert Cucina Restaurants Ltd. is celebrating with chef Andy Wilcock after a silver medal win for Andy in Europe in the Culinary World Cup. Andy was chosen to represent Britain as he was a semi-finalist in the 2010 National Chef of Year competition. He was asked to represent the Culinary Academy as part […]

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Food for Life catering mark for Cucina at Southfield seals success on school meal take up

Staff and pupils at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports College in Kettering, Northants are celebrating the award of a Food for Life bronze catering mark at the school following stringent assessment by the Soil Association. The Soil Association congratulated Cucina Restaurants Ltd. and the school on their award which now allows Cucina to display […]

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Viral email on school meal standards

Staff at Teddington School in Middlesex and the Managing Director of Cucina, the catering specialists at the school, were bemused recently by an email received from a parent and school Governor expressing concern over changes to his children’s eating habits at school. Steve Quinn, Managing Director and Owner of Cucina, said: “Typically I am supporting […]

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Probably the luckiest Xmas pudding in the world…

Pupils helped to pack up thousands of lucky golden chocolate coins which will accompany handmade Christmas puddings as seasonal gifts for Cucina’s clients and suppliers this week.

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No Chocolate Brownies left in this Vehicle Overnight

Catering expert Cucina has customized a mini bakery van to deliver fresh food to students at one of its restaurants.

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Students’ Cooking App is Top Banana

The first iPhone® application designed for students to impress parents and friends with their cooking prowess has been launched by catering experts Cucina.

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