Contract caterer Host has launched a premium dining facility in one of its education contracts, which aims to showcase the quality of its food and service.
The Chef's Table facility at Box Hill School in Surrey was masterminded by its catering manager Des del Frate.
He said that it is primarily for the use of governors, trustees, staff and guests of the school but will also be a training facility for the chefs.
Diners can book the Chef's Table in advance and will be served a five-course meal from the school dining room menu with appropriate wines. Front-of-house service will be provided by a specially trained member of the Host catering team.
Host chief executive Bill Toner said: "This is the first Chef's Table in the education sector and will give the team at Box Hill School a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their cooking and service skills.
"In time we hope to roll the concept out to our other independent school contracts."
The launch of the Chef's Table is part of a new emphasis on food quality at Host. Earlier this year the company launched its Food Academy initiative to provide a central focus for training, recipe development, ideas for special promotions and best practice across the business.
Former BaxterStorey head chef Stephen England joins Host next week as the company's Food Academy executive chef.
By Janie Stamford
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