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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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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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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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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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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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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Good school caterers are educators too

Could you ever imagine a situation where a restaurant waiter tells a diner off for not eating up their greens and finishing their meal? Me neither – it’s an absurd idea and it make me wonder why some people stick with this approach to children’s eating. Many of us have bad memories of our own […]

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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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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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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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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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Cucina – Inspiring students to give school meals a try

Cucina – Inspiring students to give school meals a try

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Fish and Chips forever

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

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Take your food advice with a pinch of salt

Food advice from so-called experts can be confusing some times, can’t it?

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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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How to meet Jamie Oliver’s healthy school eating challenge

One of the things I appreciated most about ‘Jamie’s School Dinners’ when it first appeared on TV, was the fact that it didn’t patronise or talk down to kids. Instead, it proved something I’ve always known – that if you put the right things in place, young people will be motivated to choose good, healthy […]

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