More than 450 school cooks from across England have returned to their kitchens more enlightened after taking part in outsourcing giant ISS Facility Services Education’s cooks’ conference.
The ‘ICON15’ event was dedicated to highlighting the importance of the school cook’s role in taking school lunches from good to great, and incorporated insights from specialist speakers as well as activities and entertainment all geared towards showing the delegates how integral they are to the catering operation.
Guest speakers included Stephanie Wood of charity School Food Matters and Lindsay Graham, School Food and Health Advisor.
Together with members of the ISS Education management team, they showcased just how important school meals are to pupils and their families. As well as preparing the ISS team for the new academic year, ICON15 was also about recognising the delegates for the successful delivery of the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme.
Delegates also had the opportunity to meet a variety of ISS Education’s suppliers and partners. Representatives from the Soil Association and Marine Stewardship Council were joined by food produce and other school equipment suppliers.
Mark Davies, director of education, ISS Facility Services Education, commented: “ISS Education’s cooks’ conference was designed to show our employees just how important they are to the pupils they feed every day and the schools they work in.”