School with no kitchen chuffed to get free Convotherm oven

A London school without its own cooking facilities plans to begin steaming food on-site after winning a free Convotherm mini combi oven from Welbilt.

The Cyril Jackson School in Tower Hamlets, which serves up 420 meals a day to children between the age of 4 and 11, landed the appliance after entering the LACA Main Event competition.

Tower Hamlets council’s Contract Services division, which submitted the application, recently achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Gold catering mark, which guarantees that the food served is freshly prepared, free from harmful additives and better for animal welfare.

The addition of the Convotherm oven will ease workload and provide a simple cooking method for staff who only have a basic canteen-style kitchen to work from.

Steve Logan, quality assurance and performance development officer – contract services, children’s services directorate at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “We were delighted to win the Convotherm mini oven as this will allow us to steam freshly-prepared vegetables and rice, on site, to the pupils at Cyril Jackson South School, which doesn’t have its own kitchen with cooking facilities. This will also help us maintain our prestigious Food for Life Gold award.”

Steve Hemsil, sales director UK & Ireland at Welbilt, says the school’s entry stood out from the rest. He said: “We are thrilled to be able to provide the school and its catering team with the Convotherm Mini Mobile as we believe that it will benefit them hugely, and will ease the demands on busy school catering.”

The Conovotherm mini combi oven has the ability to roast, steam, bake and regenerate, as well as grill and even cook products that would normally require frying.

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