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Lunch Bunch afternoon events
31 January 2019

Caterlink has been working in conjunction with LBI in order to promote Lunch Bunch, an initiative which will provide children meals during the holiday period. Parents and children had the opportunity to taste samples of the healthy menus provided.

Parents Coffee Morning at St Judes & St Paul
16 January 2019

Nigel Farren, Operations Manager for Islington was invited by the Headteacher at St Judes and St Paul to attend a Parents Coffee Morning in order to discuss the details of the new Menu. Stella, our cook, provided homemade Carrot and Lemon & Courgettes low sugar cakes.

Food Safety and Health and Safety Training
07 January 2019

Regular training sessions were held across the Borough to update our staff on Food Safety and Health & Safety training. Thank you to the school that have host the teams for the day.

Christmas Lunches were great everywhere in Islington
21 December 2018

Fantastic Festive Feast all around the Borough! Our teams went over and above providing excellent Christmas Lunches to thousands of Islington pupils.

Homemade Panettone in Islington
12 December 2018

Our cooks have gone the extra mile trying recipes and succeeding at making homemade Panettone to celebrate Christmas across the Borough.

Groundworks at Thornhill
02 November 2018

Thank you so much for making Fridays event at Thornhill such a success. Thank you for making the pupil pizza-making class so exciting. There was fantastically positive feedback from parents, so lets hope we get a good recipe book out of it! Thank you! Caroline Chapman Senior Education Project Officer

Margaret McMillan Cancer Research
29 October 2018

Congratulations to the team at Highbury Quadrant for rising over £600 on a fundraising event held at the school.

Happy Birthday Ambler!
18 October 2018

Everyone at Ambler Primary School was buzzing with excitement especially dressed in Victorian clothes for Victorian school day to celebrate the school’s 120 year birthday !

Black History Month
12 October 2018

The team at Arts & Media School in Islington prepared a especially created menu to celebrate Black History Month on Friday 12th October.

NVQs Certificates delivered!
18 September 2018

For many weeks after work some Caterlink employees who wished to progress, grasped an opportunity to learn. Utilising our local office and a Caterlink teaching partner have achieved NVQs in English. Well Done Guys!

Long Service Awards
17 September 2018

Caterlink and the London Brough of Islington recognise loyalty. With 6 of the team with over 20 years’ service 12 of which have been with Caterlink

ESB Certificates of Excellence
16 September 2018

Some of our Proud Chef Managers after receiving their food safety and health and safety certificates from the European Safety Bureau Caterlink is not just about providing a healthy meal. Working in a safe environment is paramount.

Training Sessions 2018
03 September 2018

Our staff attended Food Safety and Health & Safety training sessions delivered by Samba and Sebastian at various schools across the Borough.

Teddy Bear Picnic
20 July 2018

Children at Whitehall Park Primary School enjoyed a especially made lunch for Teddy Bear Picnic Day on the 20th July 2018. The school chefs prepared mini spinach and cheese scones, Orange glazed chicken, Cheese & potato swirls and tons of Crudites to deep in Cream Cheese. Yumiii!

Healthy Eating Week at Highbury Quadrant
18 June 2018

Pupils at Highbury Quadrant school explore different fruits as part of Healthy Eating Week. Sandra and her team prepared the fruits in an exceptional manner in order to show different colors and textures.

Royal Wedding 2018
18 May 2018

What a wonderful day of celebrations across the nation! Our schools in Islington featured a especially designed Royal Wedding Menu for the occasion and even some of them took their party outside. Well done Bridge Hungerford for making the most from the weather!

New Jacket Potato toppings being developed
15 May 2018

Different jacket potato toppings have been presented to the LBI authorities for their consideration in the last meeting held at St Marks CE Primary School.

New Lunch Menu served at Richard Cloudesly
01 May 2018

Now we serve our daily menu in 3 different textures at Richard Cloudesly Primary School: as a whole, fork-mashed and pureed. This suits different children with different biting capacities. Yogurt and Custard are now being prepared with double cream to increase the calorie content and a rich gravy is on offer with every meal. Further revision will follow suit before the new Menu cycle starts in September.

Continuos Improvement
15 April 2018

Healthy competition between our kitchens yielded even better versions of our classic signature dishes. Regular workshops on food presentation and continuous support from Area Managers helped teams deliver excellent results every day.

Salad Bars for Schools
01 April 2018

Hargrave Park kitchen school Manager and team delighted guests from Camden and Islington councils with their salad bar regularly served to children during lunchtime. This is an wonderful example of how things can be done better every time. Thank you for making us proud.

You Said, We Did!
22 March 2018

Following consultation with Tufnell Park School council a refreshed Salad Bar and choice of different breads flavours is now in place.

British Pie Week
16 March 2018

Last week Caterlink (who provide our school lunches), organised a special ‘British Pie Week’ event to celebrate this great ‘institution’. The children were invited to test and taste and fill in a survey...thank you to Ada and Mrs. Parry for organising this event for us. The results for St. Andrew’s have been sent off...

Mothers Day 2018
14 March 2018

Copenhagen Primary school opens its doors encouraging pupils to enjoy lunch with their Mothers

New kitchen at St Josephs Primary School
13 March 2018

St Josephs Primary has worked hard with fundraising events to support a total refurbishment of the school kitchen. The grand opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday 13th was attended by The Mayor of Islington for 2017/18 Councillor Una O.Halloran accompanying Samuel Adeniwi our school Chef Manager. A traditional school lunch was served to parents, school governors, visitors, teachers and pupils.

National Pie Week Competition
09 March 2018

During the British National Pie Week Schools in Islington held a competition to find the secret ingredient within freshly baked pies

11 January 2018

Roseline Esaikumoh from Robert Blair Primary School. London presented the judges at LACA SCOTY 2018 with Smoked mackerel, pollock and kale kedgeree served with Gluten free bhajis and fresh raita, as well as a pudding composed of Ginger crème caramel served with dried fruit compote and gluten free coconut flat biscuits as the LBI contestant Menu.

Christmas lunch success stories across the Borough
24 December 2017

Just a few samples of how great Christmas lunches have been rolled out across the London Borough of Islington Primary schools. Our thanks go to all members of the staff who have worked the extra mile for making everyone happy on this special day.

Christmas is coming to town!
18 December 2017

Nigel Farren has been busy collecting boxes of chocolates for everyone working in the Borough schools this Christmas. A small token of the enormous appreciation the Operations Team has for the hard work put through the year.

SCOTY 2018
12 December 2017

Roseline Esaikumoh has got confirmed as the only contestant from a London Borough for the upcoming School Chef of the Year competition. Congratulations Roseline! Watch this space.

Environmentally friendly use of energy, water and waste
20 November 2017

Caterlink has become the first school caterer to achieve the Soil Association’s Green Kitchen Standard for its commitment to achieving high sustainability standards and good environmental management for schools in Islington.

Billingsgate School Training
13 October 2017

Caterlink and the Billingsgate Seafood School team up again, to provide the students at Robert Blair primary school an exciting day experiencing an introduction to fresh fish.

Dim Sum at Ambler
05 October 2017

A pupil at Ambler wrote to her head teacher requesting if Caterlink would consider putting dim sum on the menu. Maya pointed out that they are both healthy and nutritious as well as low fat. The Islington team responded to the challenge and dim sum for the whole school was produced, by incorporating Dim Sum into a Chinese / Cantonese theme day

Green Kitchen Scheme is now on!
15 September 2017

Caterlink in Islington are actively recycling waste and supporting the education of our young learners, by explaining how recycling works within the catering environment.

Melvina Francis hangs up her apron
21 July 2017

After 38 years in education catering, 36 in Newington Green school a highly respect Mel Francis has decided to enjoyed her future years in retirement. We only wish the best! Thanks Mel for your hard work.

Healthy Eating Awards at Tufnell Park
20 July 2017

Nigel Farren presenting pupils of Tufnell Park Primary School with trophies and certificates. Lots of entries were scrutinised resulting in two winners of the Healthy Eating competiton, each of them creating a version of a healthy wrap for lunch.

Managers Summer Conference
18 July 2017

Nigel Farren addressed the Chef Managers on past achievements and a future actions related to our Continuous Improvement Plan.

Healthy Eating Assembly at Hugh MIddleton
04 July 2017

The Added Benefit program in full swing at Hugh Middleton Primary School. The children were shown the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables regularly.

Wimbledon Celebrations
03 July 2017

Wimbledon is a sweet success at St Peters and St Pauls with students making a racket about the gorgeous fresh strawberries & cream with a vanilla shortbread.

Wimbledon Celebrations
03 July 2017

Wimbledon is a sweet success at St Peters and St Pauls with students making a racket about the gorgeous fresh strawberries & cream with a vanilla shortbread.

French Special Menu at Clerkenwell
20 June 2017

Students at Clerkenwell Primary enjoy a French themed menu. Comments received include. I was really grateful for the lovely food and extra effort you went to on the day - it really was the highlight of French day at CPS.

Exploring the benefits of eating fish
05 May 2017

Caterlink and The Billingsgate Fish School presented an introduction to Fish to Pupils at Hargrave Park school.

Exploring the benefits of eating fish
05 May 2017

Paula, from The Billingsgate Fish School explaining the meaning of MSC fish and why its best to use sustainable fish. Caterlink only use MSC fish.

Exploring the benefits of eating fish
05 May 2017

Pupils from Hargrave Park using their senses while exploring fish

Exploring the benefits of eating fish
05 May 2017

A morning of using fresh fish to expand pupils knowledge

Exploring the benefits of eating fish
05 May 2017

Benefits of eating fresh fish

Easter Celebration
29 March 2017

Greek easter buns produced by one the Islington team trainee cook at Highbury Quadrant Primary school.

Comic Relief 2017
24 March 2017

Gillespie Primary school supported Red Nose Day on which students and adults enjoyed hundred of Red Nose decorated cupcakes made by Fatma and her team.

School Added Benefits
21 March 2017

Recent dining room improvements at Hungerford School have not only added to a calmer environment at lunchtimes it has resulted in more involvement from the very active kitchen garden maintaining fresh herbs for the tables

St Patricks Day Celebrations
17 March 2017

St Patricks Day was a success at St Peter and St Paul Primary School. The pupils enjoyed a fresh cooked menu provided by Fatma and her team

Regional LACA Meeting held at LBI
16 March 2017

Thursday 16th March saw Margaret Shaw, Catering Contracts Manager for the London Borough of Islington host the regional LACA conference. Caterlink were honoured to be asked to provide the lunchtime hospitality. We took this opportunity to showcase our development of low sugar initiatives and other menu dishes.

Islington Managers Annual Conference
06 March 2017

58 Kitchens Managers, joined together to refresh their knowledge and achieve best practise. The team inspire each other with the next steps of Islington’s continuous improvement programme.

St Aloysius School for Boys
20 February 2017

We recognise secondary school students have developed a variety of eating trends. Their taste buds are more advanced and established. To encourage students to eat a healthy meal we have taken their popular eating habits and reinvented them into multi choice menu. Utilising Caterlink tried and tested in-house brands a re-launching was planned. Ideal opportunities rose in the form of two large hospitality events at St Aloysius. The feedback was excellent

School Chef of the Year 2017 Regional Event
10 January 2017

Fatma from St Peters & St Pauls receiving recognition for the excellent dishes produced in this year’s SCOTY regional event. Our Congratulations are extended to our contract partners Caterlink in the London Borough of Camden who deservedly won the regional event and progress to the national finals. The competition was very competitive and a high standard was produced by all teams.

Christmas lunches 2016
20 December 2016

The festive season was enjoyed by all schools. Following traditions and keen to lead from the front all Caterlink Operational support teams and teaching staff were on hand keen to help and many wore Christmas hats, jumpers etc.

Good Food for London 2016
18 November 2016

We at Caterlink are extremely proud to be providing a Gold Food for Life menu and playing a very significant element in providing the students of Islington a healthy start in life. The London Borough of Islington are top of the table of London healthiest boroughs the following elements are all part of the judging criteria. Ensuring the best start for every infant, community food growing, Fairtrade, animal welfare, healthier catering, local food partnerships, school food, food waste, creating healthy high streets.

Taster Session at St John HV
14 October 2016

New pupils and Parents enjoying lunch at St johns School Highbury Vale. Caterlink provided two taster sessions on Tuesday 11th Oct and Friday 14th Oct

taster Session Golden Lane
13 October 2016

Parents & Pupils at the Golden Lane Campus enjoying a Parent and Pupil tasting session. We were so overwhelmed by our guests that we could not get near enough to photograph the food !!

McMillan coffee mornings
29 September 2016

Caterlink supported the McMillan coffee mornings at St Marks School and Thornhill School by donating Cup Cakes for sale. A special thanks to the catering Staff at both Schools and Paulette Fraser for her incredible piping skills

Harvest Day Festival
22 September 2016

The wonderful Harvest Festival Bread baked by Tracy Hester at Hungerford School for the schools Harvest Festival Celebration. The bread was then consumed by the pupils.

Guess who they are?
15 September 2016

An inspection of the new school school kitchen at Moreland School. Can you guess who they are?

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Financial Performance Gold Certificate John Prempeh & Team Tuffnel Park School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Financial Performance Silver Certificate Fatima Altinbas & Team Gillespie School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Training & Development Performance Gold Certificate Tracy Hester Bridge Hungerford Schools

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Training & Development Performance Silver Certificate Received on behalf of Sandra Bird Highbury Quadrant

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Training & Development Performance Bronze Certificate Annie Varghese St Marks School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Promotional and Marketing Materials Bronze Certificate Glenda Hamilton Pakeman School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Promotional and Marketing Materials Gold Certificate Fatma Gungoren St Peter and St Paul

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Promotional and Marketing Materials Silver Certificate Annie Varghese St Marks School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Client and Customer Satisfaction Gold Certificate Tracy Hester Bridge Hungerford

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Client and Customer Satisfaction Silver Certificate Samuel Adeniyi St Joseph School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Client and Customer Satisfaction Bronze Certificate Michael Oteng Ashmount School

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Outstanding Results in ESB Audits 2016 Celina Eghator - St Lukes Fatma Gungoren - St Peter & St Paul Samantha Greer - Golden Lane

Awards Ceremony
15 July 2016

Extraordinary Contributions to the Role Elizabeth Hubbovock - WCC Sarah Warwick - HMS Roseline Esaikumoh - MMN Queen Tarone Newington - SJSP Anita Nkansah - Rotherfield Omolade Ayekoti - AMSI Hui Lian Mai - Archway Catherine Nwachukwu - BSS Michelle Simpson - NRCC Essie De Veer - The Bridge Ugur Omer - The Bridge Sec

Supporting staff with learning disabilities
28 June 2016

Caterlink representatives attended a celebratory breakfast at the townhall in support of the Learning Disability Awareness Week.

Queens Birthday Celebrations
21 April 2016

Thornhill Primary School helped promote the Queens 90th Birthday by holding a traditional English lunch to include jelly and ice-cream and union jack decorated cakes.

Teachers Function at AMIS
02 February 2016

The catering team put on a fine spread at AMIS for teachers and visitors.

Function at New North
27 January 2016

New parent welcome at New North Primary School was catered for by the Caterlink staff on site to showcase the lunch offer.

Cooking Masterclass at AMIS
01 January 2016

Seb Carro, Caterlink development Chef met with pupils and staff at AMIS on a food safety masterclass.

St Marks celebrate Christmas
16 December 2015

Annie and her team at St Marks Primary School catered in style for the pupils at the annual Christmas Lunch.

Christmas Lunch
15 December 2015

Pupils at St Johns Highbury Vale where treated to a scrumptious festive lunch with turkey and yule log firm favorites. Merry Christmas everyone.

New River College Christmas Lunch
14 December 2015

the festive season is upon us with Christmas Lunches in plenty.

Lentil Discovery Day
08 October 2015

All Islington Schools held a successful Discovery Day featuring Lentils. This gave pupils a chance to taste and learn about Lentils

New Autumn Menu
01 September 2015

Our New Autumn Menu is now available on our website.

Charity Cake Sale at Robert Blair
09 July 2015

We were proud to help raise funds for Robert Blair’s Solar Project. Through the sale of cupcakes and soft drinks we raised over £300

Soil Association Accreditation
07 July 2015

After a successful thorough audit by the Soil Association we were pleased to have retained our Gold status

St Marks 60th Anniversary
23 June 2015

Annie and her team helped celebrate the 60th Anniversary of St.Marks with a special themed buffet for the Pupils and Staff

NVQ awards
20 May 2015

We were very proud of our 15 staff members who successfully completed their NVQs in Professional Cookery. They will now go on to complete our Trainee Cooks program to finish their training.

Spinach Discovery Day
30 April 2015

On 30th April we will be holding a Discovery Day based on Spinach to introduce pupils to Spinach and to explain why it is so good for you.

Tasting Session at Hanover Primary School
17 April 2015

Parents were inited to come and taste some items from the Summer Menu at Hanover School

Chinese New Year
29 January 2015

On Thursday 29th January we will have a Themed menu to celebrate Chinese New Year

Education Lecture at Islington Arts & Media School
14 January 2015

Caterlink were proud to sponsor the Education Lecture at IAMS featuring Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry.

Caterlink Awards
15 December 2014

Mary from William Tyndale was presented with an Award for achieving 100% in her Food Safety Audit by Neil Fuller, Managing Director.

SHS 30th Anniversary
01 December 2014

Caterlink were proud to cater for the 30th Anniversary of SHS at Hugh Myddleton Primary School. With a Canapé menu based on School Dinners, including Sausage & Mash and Spotted Dick & Custard

World Ocean Day
06 June 2014

To Celebrate World Ocean Day. We will be serving a Seafood Buffet, as well as competitions and information about the sea and the food that comes from it. This is to assist pupils with their knowledge of the Sea and the importance of Fish in their diet.

Chef of the Year Competition
28 February 2014

Caletea Cruickshank, who dishes up delights for pupils at the New North Academy, in New North Road, Islington, will take on seven education eating experts after her jerk chicken and Jamiacan blue drawers dessert were picked as some of the best school dinners in the capital.

Six Islington children enjoy Arsenal experience with Caterlink’s healthy eating competition
12 February 2014

Six children across North London have been named as the winners of a healthy eating competition run by Caterlink, the school education catering specialist. The lucky youngsters were invited to an awards presentation at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium before watching Sunday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere presented the school pupils with trophies pitchside before the group settled down to enjoy the match action. In partnership with Islington Council and Arsenal in the Community, entrants were asked to design a healthy meal and drink as part of last year’s National School Meals Week. The children, who are from a mixture of primary schools including Yerbury, Ashmount, Hungerford and Ambler, will now have their winning ideas prepared and served during ‘special days’ throughout March and April. Neil Fuller, Managing Director of Caterlink, commented: Islington Council and Arsenal in the Community have been great in helping us with orchestrating the competition and arranging such a fantastic prize. We want to get children excited about food and healthy eating so this is a great example of engaging youngsters in making healthy choices, which in turn will enable our highly-trained chefs to create delicious menus that children enjoy. Islington was one of the first councils to fund universal free school meals for nursery and primary school children. Councilor Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families said: “It’s great to see kids taking a keen interest in healthy eating. In our borough all children up to the age of 11 can have a decent, nutritious meal at lunch time, which helps their wellbeing.” Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community said, This was a great initiative to engage local youngsters and get them thinking about the importance of a healthy diet. We were delighted to welcome the winning pupils to the Emirates to present their awards and I’m sure meeting Jack will have made the experience even more special! The winning dishes include a creamy salmon and broccoli pie topped with mashed potato and served with a side salad, a seafood or vegetable paella and Spanish omelette with peppers, broccoli and tomatoes served with a side salad with feta cheese. Drinks include fresh orange juice, water and milk and strawberries.

Chinese New Year Menu
12 January 2014

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a special menu on Thursday 30th January

Islington gets GOLD
05 December 2013

Caterlink is delighted to announce that we been awarded the Soil Associations Food For Life Catering Mark at Gold Status for the school meals provided in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. Neil Fuller, Caterlinks Managing Director commented We are delighted that our commitment to serving fresh, local and organic food has been recognised by the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to supporting sustainable and organic systems, as a way of significantly reducing our environmental footprint. We hope our customers will enjoy their meals all the more knowing that we use a range of ingredients produced in the UK, as well as some organic produce. Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification, says: The Gold Catering Mark is a fantastic achievement on this scale so it is brilliant to see Caterlink gaining recognition for serving great fresh meals made with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Serving menus to Gold Catering Mark standards can significantly reduce carbon emissions and supports local businesses so this is a win-win for planet-friendly food and the local economy. Caterlink is leading the way in the drive to improve food culture in the UK.

Good Food for London 2013
10 October 2013

The London Borough of Islington has came top is a list of London Boroughs for Good Food. The ‘Good Food for London 2013’ report compares London’s local authorities on their support for key good food initiatives, such as high quality school food, community food growing, improving food served by local food shops, and buying ethical food for schools and local authority canteens - including Fairtrade products, cage-free eggs and sustainable fish

A new dining room at Hargrave Park
30 September 2013

Hargrave Park has this term invested in a new dining room for its pupils. This has enhanced their luchtime experience and has been well recieved by their pupils.

British Organic Milk in Islington
19 September 2013

From this September we are enhancing our commitment by providing our school cooks with British Organic Milk to use in cooking in their primary school kitchens’. Naturally, I trust that our schools & pupils/parents see this positive benefit to our food sourcing.

Elizabeth Acquah retires after 25 years
28 July 2013

Elizabeth Acquah enjoyed her retirement party held for her at Bemberton Nursery. Elizabeth was the Chef Manager at Bemberton for 8 yrs and had enjoyed over 25 years service working within Islington Schools

Caterlink Islington Managers Awards
19 July 2013

The Chef Managers from Islington Schools attended an Award Ceremony at The Bridge where 12 awards were given. Melissa Martin, the Account Director presented Beverly Watson from St Johns, Highbury Vale, with an award voted for by the Clients for her excellent attitude and cooperation.

The School Chef of the Year Competition
04 February 2013

Tracy Hester from The Bridge Hungerford School reached the regional finals of ‘The School Chef of the Year Competition’ with her dish of Spicy Chicken with Cous Cous & a Banoffe Tart.

JoJoe Crow "Out and About"
01 September 2012

One of our local schools had a special visitor to officially open their school garden today, after receiving a cheque, to set up its own kitchen garden. The project will help educate pupils about the origins of fresh food and the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables. The donation from Caterlink’s charitable Foundation will go towards the construction of raised garden beds at the school. The School will be able to grow an array of fruit and vegetables and involve many more children, their parents and members of the local community in food related projects and learning. The kitchen garden will enhance the focus on fresh food already in place at the school through the work of Caterlink. Neil Fuller, Managing Director of Caterlink, said: “We are delighted to support the school through our Foundation’s Kitchen Garden project. By working closely with schools, we hope to have a positive impact in reinforcing the importance of fresh food and provenance to local children. This donation from WSH Foundation will go a long way to ensuring we can achieve this.”

Kitchen Garden
01 September 2012

Sam Choo our on site chef manager has used old pots, pans, bins, mayonnaise tubs and branches from a cut down tree to grow a herb and vegetable garden outside the kitchen. It has been blessed by the local priest and visited by the pupils at Our Ladys. All the plants have been grown from cuttings or seed with no pesticides used. Sam uses the herbs to garnish and flavour his food and is extremely proud of his achievements. The school said "Sam is an asset to the school, we are extremely proud that he is our chef, the children love him"



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