Modular kitchen specialist PKL has installed its eighth temporary kitchen in a rollout for Lincolnshire County Council.
Coningsby St Michaels Primary School was the latest beneficiary of the scheme to boost the food provision in the county’s schools.
The facility had spent years using a transported meals service but was seeing the take up of school dinners dropping. Head teacher Kate Hodson was looking for a solution that allowed the school to produce high quality, fresh, healthy food on site that would encourage its 330 pupils to try new dishes, while also providing the flexibility to change the menu as and when they needed.
“Our food was delivered around 10:30 in the morning, but often wasn’t served until two hours later,” she said. “The children didn’t enjoy it.”
Hodson visited another nearby KitchenPod in action before making her decision. “After seeing it working so well somewhere else, it was a definite ‘yes’ from me,” she said.
“PKL was brilliant at involving us at every stage, giving us input into the design, which meant we had confidence our finished kitchen was going to be perfect for our needs.”
The school hired a new catering team who reportedly brought both expertise and enthusiasm. Their ideas and skill have driven the early success of the aptly-named ‘Big Red Kitchen’, a two bay KitchenPod, which matches the school colours.
Coningsby saw take up of school dinners double in the Big Red Kitchen’s first 3 weeks in operation. The staff also helped to facilitate ‘healthy food week’.
“The Big Red Kitchen has made a massive difference to our provision of high quality food for the children of Coningsby,” said Hodson. “It’s brilliant to see our children trying new foods, simply because they are prepared on site so lovingly from fresh ingredients and presented beautifully by our dedicated and talented staff.”