School Catering

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The catering here at Esher CofE High School is provided on site by Cucina Ltd. Cucina – pronounced “Cuchina” (the Italian word for kitchen or a place where food is prepared) is a contract catering company specialising in providing fresh, healthy food in state and private education.

Cucina’s philosophy centres on the premise that eating well is crucial to improving ability and behaviour, as well as academic and athletic success. Cucina makes meals fun and helps students to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of food.

At Esher High School, we also believe that good nutrition and nourishment is key to optimal teaching and learning. As such we offer an all day service from our early morning breakfast club, morning break service, lunch and after school provision.

Students can see dishes being freshly prepared, such as home-made pizza served fresh from our pizza oven, fresh bread made on the premises daily and a wide variety of main meals, salads, sandwiches, fruit pots and desserts, as well as mouth-watering homemade muesli bars, muffins and cakes.

Cucina only ever serve food in their restaurants that they would be happy to be served ourselves. Hence they have developed their food promises! Most of their meat is Red Tractor accredited and British, eggs and mayo are free range, their fish is caught from sustainable stocks, and their coffee and chocolate are fairtrade. To further reduce food miles, 90% or more of the fruit and vegetables they use are grown in the UK and they visit the farms where produce is grown regularly. Sourcing great ingredients is pointless without properly skilled chefs determined to turn it into great food every day, so they also invest in that rare breed as well!

Food is prepared in an environment where nuts and other food allergens are present, so if you have special dietary requirements, please contact to our Executive Chef David Bryan on dbryan@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk who will be happy to find something suitable! Cucina are keen to provide a service for all students so if your son or daughter has a particular dietary requirement do let them know and they will do their best to cater for this.

Cucina is unique in offering students who receive free school meals any two items from the extensive daily menu for their free school meal value, regardless of price, in recognition of the importance of meals at school.

Please take a look at Cucina's Three Weekly Menu attached, along with information and their policies on allergies and intolerances

Online Payments and Cucina

It is important that students have money on their Cucina account in order to pay for food in the canteen. Students in receipt of free school meals are unaffected by this. Payments can be made via our online payment system, which is the schools’ favoured payment method. If you do not have your log in details please email the Finance Department at payments@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk . Click here for further details about online payments.