in the early years
We understand that the first few years of eating at school can play a huge part in shaping a child's relationship with food. Starting out in the right way, seeing healthy fresh food as the norm is so positive for their future eating habits.
We are on a mission to provide food that children want to engage with and most of all enjoy, encouraging our young students to try new foods and enjoy the vibrancy of different textures and tastes from across international cuisines.
We are also realistic in what we provide for our young customers, it has to be recognisable, so where we can make food that naturally appeals better for them we will, like using wholemeal pasta & wholemeal flour in our bread, reducing sugar in our bakes and fortifying sauces with vegetables. All of our primary schools use 95% fresh produce, pretty much everything except peas is fresh in our kitchens.
At Cleverchefs we encourage our pupils to get involved with our healthy eating ethos.
Our food has to appeal to all pupils and we do our very best to engage with them on a daily basis, to make sure that the food they receive is satisfying to them and balanced nutritionally.
We have some simple guidelines for our school food offer; make sure our meals have good sources of protein and starch, accompanied with lots of vegetables, salad & fruit.
Our kitchens will always be staffed with real chefs, so if your child has a food allergy or food intolerance our well-trained team will put procedures in place to make sure we provide those meals to be safe, ensuring dietary needs are met.
That Packs a Punch
Now we do have some things we refuse to compromise on when it comes to our food. All of our meat has to be from the UK and have at least a red tractor accreditation. All eggs have to be free-range and any veg has to be in season, Makes sense right. Well they are our food musts but that is only the beginning. Chefs love to work for us because they can create and that's what makes a chef tick, we should know as all of the senior team are chefs in there own right.
Parkfield Primary School
A shining example of a primary school who is totally engaged with its community. Head teacher Mr Jones is one of our real foodie clients. The school didn't have a large kitchen area and had to have a delivered meal service for years, but that didn't sit well with the head and he looked for a caterer that could give an onsite offer. We installed a beautiful state of the art self contained kitchen pod in the grounds of the school and made a huge difference to the school dinners at Parkfield. Read all about our partnership with Parkfield School.
Our TECH team is the training academy for Cleverchefs, focusing on bringing new talent through the business and giving them the skills they need to become the future Cleverchefs. Our TECH team is made up of the development team, hand picked chef leaders from across the business and apprentice chefs. The hospitality industry has slowly de-skilled its workforce over the last decade with the serious influx of high street restaurant chains that have food bought in from centrally produced kitchens. We are committed to bringing back that cook from scratch mentality. Our kitchen teams will all know the classics of sauces, potatoes, vegetable preparation, butchery & baking, from knowing the classics is where our chefs can innovate and step up our food to the next level.
Our apprentice TECH program is as exciting as it gets for a young chef. Cleverchefs is focused on food and that really rubs off on them from day one.
Above the Norm
Did you know Cleverchefs started out it's life as a premium event caterer winning over 15 industry recognised awards for it's work. Still going strong today and one of the UK's biggest outside caterers, 2021saw that side of the business forming it's own brand identity as
Working alongside it's Cleverchefs colleagues the two brands are aligned in their values. Our epic team carefully oversee any hospitality or events that our teams do to make sure we stay ahead of the curve.
So the teams on-site will have a serious amount of talent guiding them to produce exceptional hospitality & service.
LOOKING TO CHANGE
We are always looking to partner with new schools.
We can create you a bespoke offer whether you are a primary, secondary, college or independent school.
We can look to invest in new equipment or the layout of your service points if this is achievable from an investment point of view.
We feel it is time for food in schools to step up to the plate and offer something that will appeal to your pupils whilst engaging with them and exciting them.
People always remember their school dinners, so make them worth remembering.
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Cleverchefs | The Powerhouse | Great Park Rd. | Bradley Stoke | Bristol BS32 4RU | 0117 287 204
Cleverchefs | Desg 11-14 Penhill Rd.
Pontcanna | Cardiff | CF14 9PQ
029 2280 2676