The Priory School Kitchen has a new Head Cook.
Helen Swanson joined the kitchen team for The Priory and Garth Schools in November. She came to us from her previous role as a lecturer for 16 years at Peterborough Regional College training their Hospitality and Catering students. During the past 5 months, Helen and the fantastic catering team in The Priory Kitchen have introduced many exciting and healthy options for pupils and staff alike.
Daran Bland, Executive Head, says, “The delightful smell of home-made bread now wafts through the school building each day. Pupils are enjoying, and experimenting with new dishes such as Mushroom and Butter Bean Fricassee, Herby Quorn Pasta, Savoury Root Vegetable Crumble and Pork Goulash!”
“In addition to the new and varied menu plan, Helen has created an interesting salad bar, which now includes a variety of salad and vegetable items, pulses and grains. Helen is adept at “sneaking” veg into meals and recipes to ensure pupils are getting their five a day!”
Helen Swanson, Head Cook, said, “With the children’s needs in mind we have purposefully changed the menu gradually. We kept some original recipes, tweaking them slightly, and all dishes are now created each day using fresh ingredients. We have added an exciting new salad bar, and freshly made sauces and pastries. The pastries are going down well with the pupils, as is the fresh bread. The pupils and staff have been really enjoying the basil wheels and feta and tomato breads too!”
With general food allergies on the rise, Helen is keen to introduce a Gluten Free range to the menu. Having already had success with her Gluten Free Banana Loaf, which is proving a favourite with everyone!
Helen added, “The pupils have been quite forth coming with feedback about the new menu so we thought it would be a nice idea to send some recipes home to cook themselves.”
Watch out for more news about this coming soon!