Philip Hall, head chef of the award-winning Matfen Hall Hotel
near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, joined school caterers, local businesses
and producers from across North Tyneside this week in a bid to
improve school lunches for the region’s children.
Over 100 school caterers from across North Tyneside gathered
together for a special ‘school menu development training
day’ at The Langdale Centre, Wallsend today (Thursday,
20th July), marking the introduction of two new dishes for the
school menu developed by Philip Hall and made with locally sourced
The new dishes ‘Sautéed Beef with Egg Noodles’ and ‘Spiced
Lamb Burger with Mint Raita’ are made with Quality Standard
Beef and Lamb and will be on the lunch menu at primary and secondary
schools throughout the county for the start of the new term.
The training day was held in conjunction with Freeman’s
Catering Butchers, meat supplier to many North Tyneside schools,
North Tyneside Council and the English Beef and Lamb Executive
(EBLEX), to promote healthy eating in schools and the use of
quality assured beef and lamb. Freeman’s Catering Butchers
is a member of EBLEX’s Quality Standard scheme for beef
and lamb, which provides reassurance that quality assured meat
is being used in the dishes.
On the day, five school caterers joined Philip to prepare, cook
and serve up the new dishes to over 100 of their peers for lunch,
using fresh ingredients and Quality Standard meat.
Philip is passionate about using fresh local ingredients, he
said: “Preparing nutritious good quality meals using fresh
local produce is simple, easy and often more affordable than
buying frozen or pre-packed ready meals.
“By using good quality ingredients to create home-cooked
dishes, we can ensure children receive a healthy balanced diet
which tastes great and is really good for them. In this day and
age where junk food is everywhere it’s vitally important
to teach children about good food in schools so they can go home
and educate their parents on the importance of healthy eating,
it’s great to be part of making kids healthier.”
Daniel Freeman director of Freeman’s Catering Butchers
added: “We’re embarking on our second year supplying
Quality Standard beef and lamb to North Tyneside schools; and
intend to carry on offering excellent quality local produce to
schools in the area. We’re very proud that the meat we
supply not only offers full traceability but is quality assured
and most importantly locally sourced.
“More and more people are becoming concerned about the
origin of their food and asking our sales team where our meat
comes from. We can deliver reassurance that all our produce is
fully traceable from Northumberland farms and is assured from
farm to fork.
“With a reputation for offering top quality produce for
fifty years we at Freeman’s are delighted to have been
part of the EBLEX Quality Standard scheme for the last two years.
We offer our customers peace of mind that our Quality Standard
produce is of an outstanding quality with a consistent and superb
Hugh Judd, foodservice project manager for EBLEX joined Philip
in the kitchen to help the school caterers prepare the meals.
He said: “Quality assurance and traceability of ingredients
used in the preparation of children’s meals is of paramount
importance. Sourcing meat through a fully assured supply chain,
such as the EBLEX Quality Standard scheme for beef and lamb,
offers caterers the reassurance that the beef and lamb they serve
to the children has been independently audited and been through
rigorous quality controls from farm to table – throughout
the production process.”
To find out how to join the Quality Standard scheme and benefit
from future promotional material available to scheme members,
call the scheme hotline on 0800 781 4221.
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