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

Steve Quinn, MD of leading school catering company Cucina Restaurants, was recently interviewed for a Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme, to be aired this coming Monday evening, 10 September, at 8pm.

The programme surveyed 190 local authorities and 108 Academy schools and found appreciable variations in the amount spent on school dinners, with some even opting out of providing daily hot meals altogether.

Quinn, whose company operates 40 chef-led restaurants in state schools around the UK, had the opportunity to share his thoughts on the the issues which continue to undermine progress in the area of school food. Chief among these is the lack of close monitoring of the government’s nutritional guidelines for schools, supposedly mandatory in all maintained schools.

Whilst companies like Cucina continue to invest in wide choices of quality food cooked ‘from scratch’ at every site, others are opting for cheaper, lower quality bought-in ingredients, to the severe detriment, says Quinn, of good nutrition in schools.

Steve Quinn said: “We are proving that with the right kind of business model, school caterers certainly can present restaurant-quality food in schools. I am delighted, for the sake of the health of future generations, to have been given the opportunity to contribute to this important debate.”

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