Olive Dining has achieved its first Food for Life Served Here gold award.
The independent school caterer celebrated the certification – which recognises its commitment to local sourcing and cooking freshly prepared meals – with an event at Drayton Manor High School in Hanwell with head teacher Sir Pritpal Singh, Olive Dining development chef Calum Scott, teaching staff, pupils and David Persaud from the Soil Association.
The award is the first for Olive Dining, who achieved gold in less than three months and has already begun to roll out the scheme across all the schools they cater for in Central London, Walthamstow, Enfield, Newham, Waltham Forest, Lewisham, Kent, Reading, Surrey.
“Olive dining Is passionate about the catering service we deliver to each of our individual schools. We undertake to deliver 95% fresh food and our work with the soil association has enabled us to provide a fully auditable menu offer made with the freshest local ingredients, highest quality which is also full of innovation,” the caterer said.
Once they achieve the award for all schools it will mean 20,000 children a day will be served a Food for Life Served Here school meal.
“It is a huge achievement to get a gold under your belt for a first award,” said Persaud.