Since April 2009, Bushey’s on-site caterers have been Cucina, with Restaurant Executive Chef Samuel Smith heading the team.
Cucina provides an educational food service, not simply school dinners. They focus on fresh, locally sourced and innovative menus that enable students to make balanced choices and embrace healthy eating. Food provenance is important to Cucina and their food promises include 90% of the menu or more being homemade; 80% of vegetables and fruit is sourced within the UK; the majority of meat is red tractor approved and sourced from Great Britain; all fish is farmed from sustainable stocks (MSC approved); all coffee and chocolate is fairtrade and all egg based products are free range.
The Chef Manager oversees the preparation of all food on site, ensuring it exceeds Government nutritional guidelines.
Cucina offer a wide range of options daily ranging from drinks starting at 50p, fresh fruit pots at £0.80, homemade sandwiches from £1.00, homemade soup and freshly baked bread at £1.00 salad deli pots from £1.50 and main meals with all accompaniments from £2.10. The weekly menu also includes many classic dishes, with curry served on Tuesdays, roast dinner on Wednesdays and fish and chips on Fridays. For those on free school meals, Cucina are unique in offering any two items from the vast daily menu for the free school meal value regardless of price in recognition of the importance of meals at school. In addition, a complimentary breakfast is also offered to students by The Academy.
Theatre cookery on the counter takes place regularly so students are able to gain an insight into food preparation and increase their knowledge of nutritional values.
Cucina believe that by making food fun, students will be encouraged to eat well and therefore perform better!
As holders of the Food for Life bronze catering mark, a number of our supplies are sourced from local suppliers and a proportion are organic. Outside this, we operate a supply chain which ensures that we buy British wherever possible.
We are also working with our schools to set up gardens so that the produce grown,including herbs, fruits and vegetables, can be incorporated into our daily menu.
Examples of our commitment to food providence (our food promises) are as follows:
- Meat and meat based products are all British with the exception of bacon.
- Fish is all MSC certified.
- Eggs and egg based products, e.g. mayonnaise, are all British and free range.
- Vegetables and fruit are seasonal and 90% from within the UK, with the exception of tropical fruits.
- All of our coffee and chocolate is fairtrade.
We look to reduce the need for packaging of our products at every opportunity,examples of this can be seen particularly during our breakfast and morning break services, where there is no excessive packaging. All of our impulse lines are served unpackaged and students are encouraged to use food trays and crockery as a matter of course.
Additionally,we have recently introduced new packaging to our sandwich and salad range that incorporates biodegradable packaging. We have also reduced the plastic content by 50% and have also assisted our clients in securing recycling bins, both internal and external to encourage our customers to be environmentally responsible so that the packaging we use can also be recycled.
We participate in a waste oil collection scheme via Agri Energy, our oil suppliers.