The catering service delivered by ISS in seven Bristol schools, has been awarded the Soil Association Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark
This fantastic schievement was celebrated this week, National School Meals Week* by the schools, their caterers, ISS Facility Services Education and celebrity chef Mark Sargeant.
Brislington Enterprise College, one of the awarded sites, hosted an action packed event on the 6th of November, which included cookery demonstrations and competitions led by Mark Sargeant – owner of The Smokehouse and Rocksalt in Folkestone, Kent and former head chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. He spent time with the students sharing tricks of the trade and judging their own creative cooking efforts.
Mark Sargeant commented: “Working with ISS Education over the last couple of days has been fantastic. As a parent, as well as a chef, it’s so good to see the care and attention to produce that goes into making the food for the students. It gives me great confidence for the future of our school meals and real comfort that my daughters will be fed properly in the most important years of their lives.”
The eventful morning was followed by an awards presentation where the accredited schools – Brislington Enterprise College, ASD at Brislington Enterprise College, Bridge Learning Campus, New Fosseway, Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Briarwood and Bristol Brunel Academy – received a plaque of certification, presented by Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association.
The Food for Life Catering Mark standards have been developed to reflect best practice in healthy and sustainable school meals, in consultation with a wide range of leading school caterers from the private, independent and local authority sectors. The bronze award demonstrates that the menus are freshly prepared each day in the schools’ kitchens, using ingredients which are free from harmful additives and GM and better for animal welfare.
Speaking at the event Peter Melchett from the Soil Association said: “As people become more concerned about where their food comes from, the Catering Mark is becoming a symbol of trust for parents, pupils and staff. There is a growing awareness of the connection between good food, health and wellbeing, academic attainment and the environment. ISS Education, together with these seven Bristol schools, are demonstrating that serving fresh, trustworthy food using better quality ingredients is not only possible, but is a fantastic way of providing delicious meals while providing the reassurance that people are looking for when it comes to food on the plate.”
The seven sites in Bristol are the first secondary school sites ISS Education have achieved the catering mark in, something which the school meals providers are very proud of. ISS Education now serves over 270 catering mark accredited menus to schools across the UK – a number which continues to rise.
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*National School Meals Week is a celebration of school meals run by the Local Authority Caterers Association