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07 June 2016

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Pupils at Galliard Primary School in Edmonton have given their new kitchen overwhelming approval as they tuck in to over 400 lunches a day.

Pupils at Galliard Primary School in Edmonton have given their new kitchen overwhelming approval as they tuck in to over 400 lunches a day.

The kitchen is part of Enfield Council’s borough-wide improvement programme to ensure that all schools have modern facilities to prepare fresh hot food.

It was officially opened on Wednesday 26 May by Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection.

She said: “School kitchens are a high priority. They improve our schools and with a big demand for hot, tasty, and nutritional meals, we know that this is a huge contributing factor in children’s learning. For some children it is their only meal of the day.”

The new kitchen was installed at a cost of £600,000, and completed in January. It has the most up to date appliances, equipment and storage and the dining hall was also redecorated as part of the refurbishment.

Cllr Orhan continued: “Our catering service is among the best in London with a growing reputation for its attention to maintaining high standards. Sourcing quality ingredients, our cooks produce carefully balanced meals and have a string of industry recognition awards to show for it.”

Headteacher Penny Sullivan added: “Children enjoy their lunchtimes and have great fun choosing appetising meals, and learning social skills dining with their friends.

“We also encourage children to learn about the food they are eating; where it comes from; how it is grown and what is good for them. Lunchtimes at Galliard are enjoyable for everyone.”

New tasty recipes are prepared and cooked with fresh fish, marinated in herbs, and served with tempting flavoursome salads of cous cous, crisp vegetables and a variety of mouth-watering fresh fruit.

Regular favourites include hot meat dishes served with pasta, rice or potatoes, fresh vegetables and baked cakes. It is not surprising that the kitchen is producing over 400 midday meals and 50 school breakfasts.

  • Enfield Council is gradually bringing all its schools up to modern day standards establishing new kitchens and introducing new recipes.
  • Enfield Council worked with the school to plan the kitchen and ensure that it was completed on time with the minimum disruption.
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recognises that Enfield Council’s Catering Service’s fish recipes use a certified sustainable source only purchasing MSC certified fish and those rated as ‘fish to eat’ by the Marine Conservation Society.

Enfield Catering Services

Enfield Catering Services (ECS) have provided school meals to approximately 80 per cent of Enfield Schools for many years, serving around 20,000 meals per day. Significant improvements in food quality mean that meal numbers have risen in recent years.

Awards for commitment to purchase quality and ethically-sourced ingredients. include:

  • Food for Life Catering Mark
    This is Soil Association’s Silver Catering Mark demonstrating a commitment to serving food freshly cooked on-site, which is ethically-sourced and which meets the school food standards and animal welfare standards.
  • Good Dairy Commendation (Compassion in World Farming)
    Awarded late 2015 for using dairy products which enable farm animals access to pasture, with organic milk being used as standard, as well as Yeo Valley yoghurts.
  • Good Egg Award
    Held for many years in recognition of solely using free-range eggs, which are sourced from a Hertfordshire farm.
  • Marine Stewardship Council accreditation
    Achieved late 2015 for commitment to purchasing sustainable fish for all Enfield schools.
  • Good Food for London table results
    Published in November 2015; the annual league table reflects the level of participation of London boroughs in key healthy and sustainable food initiatives. Enfield is now rated fifth in the 32 boroughs.