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 building work to include a new learning block and the restaurant, completing the school’s buildings.

Mike Sandeman, Head of College and Steve Quinn, Managing Director and Owner of Cucina Restaurants Ltd. who run the catering services at the school were lucky enough to show the Duchess around the restaurant and kitchens. The Countess was introduced to students Ryan Lenton and Emma Child,who explained about the Bistro Evenings run in the school restaurant with Cucina. Nicola Evans-Reid and Rosie Reynolds both Year 8 students also introduced Cucina staff and spoke generally about healthy school dinners. The Countess spent time talking to both staff and students.

Steve Quinn, Managing Director and Owner of Cucina, commented:
“The Countess was really interested in what we were doing here to make a difference. She commented on how it seemed so different from when she was at school. She was engaged, interested in how the kids feel, the benefits of good food to education, fresh ingredients, clean kitchens – and impressed with the facilities and attitudes of Cucina here at Arthur Mellows. She was also surprised by the low costs and said it looks expensive but seems all fresh and value for money too.”

He added; “Will Katy and Will use Cucina? We are hoping, along with thousands of other catering organisations to get THE phonecall.”

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