Compass Group has won a five-year deal worth £1.5m to provide the catering at two new Private Finance Initiative (PFI) secondary schools in Derbyshire when they open next September.
The catering giant's education division Chartwells will provide breakfast, morning break and hospitality catering, and serve sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and hot meals including a pasta counter at lunch at Bolsover School and Springwell Community School.
As part of the contract, Chartwells introduce a chef's theatre and tasting zone at Bolsover where students will be able to view live cooking demonstrations and sample new cuisines before choosing their lunch.
The two schools will see brand new kitchen facilities installed when they open in 2010 as part of the Government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Tony Byrne, business director at Chartwells, said: "Our aim in these two new Derbyshire schools is to bring the Chartwells ethos to life.
"The live cooking theatre at Bolsover School demonstrates how seriously we, as a caterer, take our responsibility to providing innovative meals which exceed the Government's requirements while simultaneously educating students about food and healthy eating."
In the bid for the Derbyshire BSF project, Chartwells supported support services firm Mitie as part of the Equitix consortium. Chartwells already works with 80 PFI schools across the UK, approximately half of which are in partnership with Mitie.
By Daniel Thomas
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