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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Newest Milton Keynes restaurant opens – in a school

Milton Keynes’ newest restaurant has opened in a school.

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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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Good bread makes good sales

Bread, made properly, is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and it’s also one of the simplest to make. Which is why I think it is a shame that so many caterers buy all of their bread in, rather than making it on site themselves. A lot of industrially produced bread contains processing […]

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Why opening a High Street restaurant is not a ‘departure’ for us

We were thrilled to receive a glowing 5-star review for our newly opened High St restaurant ‘The Oxford Kitchen’ in yesterday’s Oxford Times. I’m actually not sure it would have been possible to get a better review. Here are some of the comments: “…adventurous, detailed, interesting, innovative, consistent, mind-blowing, unique and a breath of fresh […]

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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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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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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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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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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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