Nourish Contract Catering were recently shortlisted down to three finalists for the EDUcatering Awards on the 8th October for:
Contract Caterer of the Year Nomination
Nourish are proud of our most recent work into our menus to provide nutritionally balanced meals and develop menus and recipes to exceed regulations.
Work with SugarWise
Nourish formed an alliance with SugarWise to make significant changes to the sugar we have in our menus. SugarWise is an international authority for sugar and assesses claims on products being sugar free, low sugar or calorie free. Our Food Development team have worked to develop dishes that are low in ’free sugars’ and low in any added sugars or contain a reduced amount of added sugar while limiting the effect this has on overall taste. The operations team and food development team presented the SugarWise concept to all school catering teams and training was given accompanied by Cooks Notes. In the menu there is a SugarWise Thursday and the team have introduced tropical fruit salads in the desserts and a fruit bread.
To effectively manage and promote awareness surrounding allergens, the operations team and food development team have worked to minimise allergen risks. In September 2017 we received the Food Allergy Accreditation Award, which means Nourish can provide the customer with confidence that a premises is safe to eat and drink at and use a framework to develop and implement its allergen strategy.
Innovation Award Nomination
Nourish prides itself in providing nutritionally balanced wholesome meals to their customers and are continually looking of ways of developing menus and recipes to not only meet but exceed regulations.
Nourish formed an alliance with SugarWise to make significant changes to the sugar we have in our menus. SugarWise is an international authority for sugar and assesses claims on products being sugar free, low sugar or calorie free. The SugarWise label is a guarantee that a product is low in free sugars. Working with SugarWise the Nourish Food Development team introduced a SugarWise day a week with no free sugars in any of the dishes.
Alongside this, Nourish started the new Mr Nourish Cooking Club, which is aimed at giving primary pupils the opportunity to learn how to prepare and enjoy delicious healthy recipes in a fun kitchen atmosphere. As part of the club, children use a variety of different recipes to develop new skills, while learning about the changing availability of certain crops and how this effects the cost of products. On completion of the course, the children receive a folder detailing the recipes they have cooked, as well as a certificate of achievement.
Despite not winning either of the awards Nourish were extremely proud to make it to the finals and it was a testament to the team’s hard work and efforts over the past few years.
Food For Life Bronze and Gold Accreditation
Nourish are involved with the Food for Life Partnership which is a project helping to transform food cultures within schools. Young people in these schools are cooking, growing and eating local organic food. They are also visiting the farms where the food is produced. Good food is becoming real for them and their families. Nourish has been awarded flagship status and as a Company we have achieved the Gold, Silver and Bronze Catering Marks.
In order to achieve this award over 75% of our menu has to be fresh produce; we must highlight seasonal produce on our menus, as well as catering for dietary needs.
Nourish was recently accredited within the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) having demonstrated compliance with and sound management of current health and safety legislation.