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Interview with the catering team: cooking for key worker children

At Junior King’s we are lucky to have a very talented team providing healthy, varied and delicious meals for day and boarding pupils. Lunch is certainly a big highlight of Junior King’s life! Although the bustling dining room may be a lot quieter than usual, Executive Chef Ross and Chef Manager Paul have been hard at work during the lockdown to ensure the key worker children in school during the week have balanced meals ready for them at lunchtime.

You’re currently in school providing food for the key worker children. What’s on the menu?

We are trying to provide a healthy and nutritious menu despite the current situation. As during a normal school week, there are several choices of main, different accompanying vegetables every day, a number of salads and a dessert. It’s on a much smaller scale though, as we have fewer children to cook for!

How does this compare to when school is in full flow?

We’ve been doing a lot of different things: cleaning the dining room, washing the plates, cheffing, and even having to collect food from other kitchens or places like M&S! We are missing the normal day-to-day faces.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Ours is being able to greet the pupils and staff when they enter the servery, knowing it’s somewhere they come to relax and unwind, and supplying them with a lovely meal to get them through the rest of their day.

Do you watch any cookery shows in your free time?

Yes, we like to watch Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef!

What is your favourite meal?

We like Mexican fajita and taco style dishes.

Find out more about our full school catering provision.