Independents by Sodexo wins King’s School contract

The food experts have been awarded a five-year contract to manage catering services at the coeducational day school

Independents by Sodexo has been awarded a five-year contract to manage catering services at coeducational day school, The King’s School, Chester.

Sodexo’s independent schools’ business won the £4m contract following a competitive tender process and took over the service on 4 April 2019. The new catering service will offer a wide range of dishes with a focus on fresh, nutritious and seasonal food.

Independents by Sodexo will provide investment to the school for the ongoing development of the services, while the onsite team will have opportunities to continually enhance their culinary skills by taking part in the company’s chef scholarship, which provides access to industry-leading training.

Hayley Jordan, bursar at The King’s School, said: “We were really impressed with the way the Independents by Sodexo team engaged with us throughout the tender process. They took the time to understand the ethos of the school and what we are looking for from our catering service.”

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“Independents by Sodexo have an impressive track record of taking an innovative approach to providing healthy school meals,” she added, “and we are looking forward to working with the team to develop menus that will nourish and satisfy pupils and staff alike.”

Jeremy Alderton, managing director for Independents by Sodexo, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with The King’s School. We know that young people want variety in their food but are also conscious about sustainability and provenance.

“Our highly skilled chefs will be creating a selection of dishes using sustainably sourced ingredients that will not only interest and excite the pupils but will also power performance to help them get the most out of school.”

The King’s School, Chester currently has over 1,100 pupils aged four to 18.

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