Harvest Fine Foods Expertise in Education

Harvest Fine Foods provides 100 schools in Hampshire with all their fresh fruit, as well as over 100  private schools, independent schools and colleges, to help chefs in education cater for children and young people.

We also work closely with colleges within the south, to inspire and equip the next generation of up and coming chefs, with the knowledge and experience they need to work in the catering and hospitality industry. As a company, we want to encourage students to enjoy food and cooking, while gaining as much experience as they can before they go out to the industry, so in June 2018, we organised and sponsored the first MasterChef-style intercollege competition. The first Tri College Competition brought three colleges together and allowed the students to show off their cooking skills in a professional kitchen environment.

Our fruit and vegetables are grown and sourced from local suppliers wherever possible and  seasonal produce is available, such as New Forest Strawberries, watercress from The Watercress Company and Isle of Wight Tomatoes. We deliver pre-prepped fruit and vegetables which have been prepped by our in-house prep team. Overall, we ensure that children are served seasonal, high quality, freshly picked food and school chefs can prepare meals quickly. In the last year, we have also helped two clients gain their Food For Life Awards.

 

Our suppliers who cater for the education sector

By talking to our suppliers and their development chefs, as well as buyers within the education sector, we have gained an understanding of the day-to-day challenges school chefs face such as managing tight budgets, while aiming to develop a healthy food culture in schools, colleges and universities, through creating unique recipes and engaging themed menus.

The national suppliers we work with, understand the importance of providing children with nutritious food that is low in salt, sugar and fat, which will have a positive role in their health and well-being in the long-term.

From collaborating with all our suppliers, their experienced culinary teams and chefs in education, together we can offer you a range of healthful tips, recipes for inspiration, to help you create flexible menus and products suitable for children.

 

For recipe inspiration and tips download the following PDFs

To keep up to date about the latest industry news and information about the education industry, or check out the Food For Life website or follow School Meals Week on Twitter @NSMW

 

A customer testimonial from the education sector

“I have a great relationship with Harvest Fine Foods and get a level of customer service that surpasses most other companies. They meet the needs of our business as well as offering us training and networking opportunities for ourselves, as well as our students. The products are of high quality and nothing seems to be any trouble. The product range is vast and they will always try to source something if they do not stock it.” Simon Hart, Southampton City College.

View all our testimonials HERE

Your Key Ingredient

Read the press coverage about the Tri-College Culinary Competition we organised and sponsored that took place at City College, where more than 50 Level 1-3 Hospitality and Catering students competed, from three local colleges here. 

For more product information and advice about catering for the education sector contact us.