We’re not about words or badges, we’re all about the food

When just about every school caterer seems to be saying the same things about their service and the provenance of their food (we cook our food fresh each day, we use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, we offer vast daily choices…etc), what are you to actually believe? How can you know what their service and their […]

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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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Up to speed, from day one: the impact of a new Cucina restaurant opening

After a restful Christmas break, two new Cucina restaurant openings meant that our New Year started with a real bang. While this has been a very busy time for our teams, it has also been a truly wonderful and inspiring one. Unlike every other school food company I have worked for over the course of […]

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They’re The Chef

It’s been a great school year for Cucina so far and as is often the case, our success has come through the work we do to develop new and exciting food offerings. Our new travelling Street Food stall is a great example of this. In my role as Director of Food, I spend quite a […]

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Catering for change: our plans for a new research project

I agree with a lot of what is currently being said about the growing problem of childhood obesity and its implications for the future health of our nation. But I don’t think we will start to tackle it in any kind of meaningful way without a much clearer and more detailed understanding of the main […]

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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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Staying fresh and consistent – the key to higher sales

As pioneers of high end school food, perhaps the most crucial aspect of our work is achieving and maintaining consistency right across our brand. When you go into the London Pret a Manger, you would expect a Hoisin Duck Salad Wrap to be exactly the same as the one you ate at their Oxford outlet. […]

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School food standards and academies. It’s a good news story, silly!

There’s quite a bit of strong opinion going around on the subject of Academies and school food standards, some of which I consider to be somewhat ill-informed.

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Ready or not, here we come!

If you’ve read a few of my posts here, you’ll know something of the core beliefs that drive us at Cucina and set us apart from our competitors.

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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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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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Am I taken aback by these comments? No. I’m gobsmacked!

Am I taken aback by these comments? No. I’m gobsmacked!

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There is nothing scary about healthy food

There is nothing scary about healthy food

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School food left behind

School food left behind. What 90% of secondary schools still need to learn.

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Fish and Chips forever

Fish and Chips forever… economising without compromising on taste or value

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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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