Chefs help turn canteen around
WOODVALE Secondary College has spent the year encouraging healthier lifestyles by putting professionals in the canteen.
Parents and Citizens Association president Oliver Wolf said the idea was also a bid to make the canteen more financially viable after it had been running at a loss for several years.
“Our school has about 1400 students and with that amount of students and annual turnover, the canteen would need to be run like a small business, which just hasn’t happened in the previous years,” he said.
He said P&C contributions and school fees had previously covered the loss but figures from Term 1 showed changes were needed or the canteen would close.
“It was decided to implement a new concept focusing on freshly prepared food with a new personnel structure and a reviewed menu to go with it,” Mr Wolf said.
“This involved providing freshly prepared, healthy, nutritious and affordable food, instead of buying in and reheating ready-made food.
“The P&C committee was convinced qualified professionals would be best suited to fulfil our requirements.”
This includes general hot and cold choices available every day for recess, as well as a daily chefs’ special, and two menu choices for lunch.
Mr Wolf said since implementing the changes, they had raised the canteen turnover by 38 per cent.
Principal Lea Fairfoul-Hutcheon, P&C president Oliver Wolf, canteen assistant Helen Johnston and chefs Emily Dos Santos and Ian Vears. Below: Emily Dos Santos at work in the kitchen.