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Esme Sidaway, 7 with George Anderton, 9 with Stephen Conway and David Ellams

TOP CHEF’S NEW DISHES GO DOWN A STORM

Press release: School Food Support Service

20 October 2009

 

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Esme Sidaway, 7 with George Anderton, 9 with Stephen Conway, David Ellams and the Drill Chef

Esme Sidaway, 7 with George Anderton, 9 with Stephen Conway, David Ellams and the Drill Chef

A top chef’s culinary delights went down a storm at Sherrier C of E Primary School in Lutterworth. 410 pupils at the school had the chance to try two new meat dishes for free at the launch event before the new meals are introduced to all 243 schools in Leicestershire after half term.

 

Stapleford Park’s Stephen Conway came up with two delicious dishes for the county’s School Food Support Service (SFSS). The new dishes use local Quality Standard beef and Quality Standard lamb and will be rolled out across Leicestershire’s 243 county schools after October half term.

 

The pupils at Sherrier C of E gave the dishes the thumbs up as they tried Stephen’s Leicestershire Beef Provencale with sweet potato medley, green beans, red cabbage with a hint of orange and his lamb kofta with mint yoghurt dip, flat bread, herby wedge potatoes, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion and cucumber ribbons.

 

Five year-old Sadie Clay certainly enjoyed the food, she said: “It’s very nice, I like the pitta bread and the cucumber.“

 

Esme Sidaway, 7, said: “I think the school dinners have got much, much better. They are really nice. I like the bright colours on the plate, and the beef is really yummy. I prefer school dinners to packed lunches.”

 

Felix Areh, 10 said: “I have never had sweet potato before and it was nice. I like all vegetables and I really like meat.”

 

Matthew Howes, 8 said: “I liked the school lunches, I like the sweet potato, my favourite is beef.”

 

The dishes were put together using local produce. Leicester-based supplier Redbridge provided the vegetables, while county-based Parker Fine Foods provided the meat.

 

The launch was attended by Stephen, SFSS, and Eblex, who also introduced the
Quality Standard Drill Chef character used in their current campaigns.

 

Wendy Philp, head of the SFSS, said it had been great working with Stephen and Stapleford Park.

 

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David Ellams, Wendy Philp, James Parker, Drill Chef, Hugh Judd and Stephen Conway

David Ellams, Wendy Philp, James Parker, Drill Chef, Hugh Judd and Stephen Conway

She said: “Stephen’s dishes are fantastic. We’re committed to pushing pupils out of their ‘comfort zones’ and getting them to try new things like red cabbage – and banishing forever the stereotype of soggy school veggies! Working with a skilled chef, we knew that we’d get top quality food. Stephen has brought imagination and enthusiasm to the project and we’re delighted with what he’s come up with, both dishes are tasty and interesting without being too complicated, rich or overwhelming for younger palates.

 

“We are really pleased with today’s launch and the reaction of the pupils. They seemed to enjoy the food which is really positive ahead of the launch to 243 schools following the October half term holiday.”

 

Stephen has been working on the dishes this summer. After coming up with the ideas for the meals, he dished up his creations at Stapleford Park, for a ‘tasting panel’ of enthusiastic primary children from Waltham on the Wolds. Then 125 school cook supervisors tried out the new dishes at their conference in August.
 
Stephen said: “When I started working on this project and going into schools in Leicestershire, I was amazed when I saw the quality of the meals. Everything is fresh – from the vegetables to the fruit. And the schools make their own fresh bread every day. The quality is absolutely amazing.

 

“All parents should save themselves time – and give their children the best by giving them school dinners. I think about school dinners that I had when I was young, and I see now that there is no comparison to what they have today in Leicestershire schools.”

 

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Esme Sidaway, 7 with George Anderton, 9 with Stephen Conway and David Ellams

Esme Sidaway, 7 with George Anderton, 9 with Stephen Conway and David Ellams

Having taken over responsibility for the catering to Leicestershire schools last year, SFSS has unveiled ambitious, delicious meals with an emphasis on locally sourced and healthy recipes.

 

SFSS is part of Leicestershire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Service. Its aim is to support and advise schools on their catering and school food in general. The School Food Support Service aims to encourage all school children in Leicestershire to have a nutritionally balanced diet in the school environment, to promote healthy development and growth and to give the school community support and guidance.

 

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For more information, contact Wendy Philp on 0116 3055770/07798607463 or Katherine Simon / Liz Cartwright at Cartwright Communications on 0115 9410714 or 07769 713919.

 

About The School Food Support Service:

The School Food Support is part of Leicestershire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Service. Its aim is to provide meals and support schools on their catering and school food in general.

 

The School Food Support Service aims to encourage all school children in Leicestershire to have a nutritionally balanced diet in the school environment in order to promote healthy development and growth and to give the whole school community support, advice and guidance in this respect.

 

About EBLEX

EBLEX is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, and is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

 

It acts to help the English beef and lamb industry boost its competitiveness and promote its products. It aims are: To encourage better returns for the English beef and lamb industry, to stimulate a profitable demand for quality beef and lamb and to champion the development of a sustainable industry through improved profitability.

 

The Quality Standard for beef and lamb is the only scheme in the UK to cover eating quality. All beef and lamb carrying the Mark is chosen according to a strict selection process to ensure it is succulent and tender. Quality Standard beef and lamb is produced to higher standards than required by law with a supply chain which is fully assured and independently inspected at every stage from farm to meat counter. Find out more at www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk or www.eblexfoodservice.co.uk.

 

 

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