Chefs help turn can­teen around

Wanneroo Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

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.

Pic­tures: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486592

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.

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