School Catering After Jamie Oliver
Sheila Dillon finds out what has happened to the school catering industry in the wake of Jamie Oliver.
The Food Programme talked to Jamie Oliver about school meals at the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards in 2006.
Sheila Dillon visits Chestnuts Primary School in Haringey, North London who now run their own kitchen. She talks to head teacher Cal Shaw about why they left their local authority catering contract. And to school catering consultant, Kemmy Atijosan of Eagle Solutions who helped them to make this transition, and explains the reasons why it’s often cheaper for schools to go in house.
The inflated costs that are often charged by contractors for their ingredients was one reason why Highshore School in Southwark decided to take their own catering in house. Sheila spoke to business manager Jackie Cheeseman.
Vic Laws, of AVL Consultancy gives an overview of the school catering sector post-Jamie.
To discuss all the above issues Sheila is joined in the studio by Ian El-Mokadem Managing Director of Compass Group, owners of Scolarest the largest private school catering company operating in the UK, Irene Carole chair of the Local Authorities Catering Association and Dr. Michael Nelson head of research at the School Food Trust.