Cooking has always been our Head Chef’s passion and from a very young age Steven Cross cooked at home with his mother, who is also a chef. After leaving school he went straight to South Downs College where he studied catering for four years.
Steven relished his time studying at college. He was rewarded with work placements in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, where he worked alongside some very talented chefs.
On leaving college Steven focused on gaining experience at the highest level and worked within AA rosetted establishments and Michelin star restaurants. Although extremely hard work, Steven loved the challenge. Steven worked in such places as 36 On The Quay in Emsworth and JSW in Petersfield.
On joining Park Community School, Steven’s focus was to redefine school meals and ensure all our students got a healthy well balanced meal throughout the school day. Steven worked tirelessly to set up Park Catering Services and he is proud to say that good food for all has successfully been embedded within the school’s ethos.
Steven runs the school farm growing a large percentage of our own fruit and vegetables which are used within the school kitchens. We have also reared more than 80 pigs on the farm, the meat from which has been used for school lunches. Steven has been instrumental in forging links with local food producers to increase our organic produce usage.
Looking to the future, Steven is now developing Park Catering Services to help our students and community to understand how to grow their own food, food processes and benefits of a healthy nutritious diet.
Park Community School have made the finals of this prestigious awards for 2018
Every year the LACA Awards for Excellence acknowledge individuals and teams of people who continue to make a real difference in education catering. Good management, strong performances and high achievements deserve to be recognised at any time. Acknowledgement of effort is particularly important to not only reward but sustain motivation.
There are 11 awards this year, including a new category for 2018, the LACA Apprentice/Trainee Award.
Park Community School have developed its own Pork based products which are now used in school and sold to external customers.
The school kitchen team are highly skilled and have now started a daily bakery which offer students and staff the opportunity to buy fresh bread daily we sell a wide range of products from Focaccia, Sour Dough and White Loafs to Scones and Cakes.
We now have a wide variety of bird on the school site and sell there eggs to the staff, students and public we currently sell – Hen, Duck and Quail Eggs.
From summer 2016 Park Community School kitchens are now using seasonal, local and organic produce.
Ensures that no child, no matter what school or age need go hungry during the holidays.
As a school we were aware of the food poverty that some of our community experience and were concerned our students were going hungry. This was reinforced when our local community told us how the food bank was consistently running out of food. We set up a community group to tackle food poverty in our area and in April 2017 MUNCH was born.
For more information view our Munch page.
Secondary School Caterer of the Year
Self-Managed School Caterer of the Year
Newcomer of the Year - Steven Cross
Employees who are new to a company or are in a new role within their existing company who have made an impact within the past 2 years.
Judges look for evidence based examples of how the individual has shown outstanding commitment to their new roles and enhanced the performance of the school meal provision.
For more information about Educatering Awards please visit their website.
Park Community School has been awarded the Bronze award which means that our food is local, ethical, sustainable and fresh.
For a full list please visit the Soil Association website.
The Fairtrade Schools Award is a campaign that gives primary and secondary school students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of global issues and the fact that fair trade is the solution for so many farmers and producers. The award aims to teach students how they can be involved in changing the world around them, encouraging them and empowering them to make a difference.
Visit Fairtrade Schools for more information.
Free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of a specific list of benefits.
For more information regarding Free School Meals please visit the Hampshire County Council website.
Please use this convenient on-line service to check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals. You can also apply for Free School Meals using this same on-line service, or you can download a form using the links below or ask for one at our school reception.
To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of: