School restaurants whistle up a festival of summer sport

Healthy summer celebration of treats, wall-to-wall fun and Star Prizes at Cucina school and academy restaurants

Customers of Cucina’s 37 school restaurants are set for a summer of sports themed fun, treats and substantial prizes, according to Cucina Director Sam Davies:

“From European Championship football to Wimbledon and The Olympics, we’re laying on a celebration of yummy, wholesome sports-themed food choices, fun activities and star prizes – from now right up to the summer holidays.”

From Monday 11 June to Friday 22 June, Euro football-themed daily food choices will complement the company’s already extensive menu range with instant prizes for winning stickers under plates and tubs. Cucina’s Executive Chefs will blow a whistle each time a prize is won. The Star Prize at each of the company’s restaurants will be an official Adidas Tango 12 match ball.”

From Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June, Cucina’s theme will be Wimbledon with tennis-themed main meal choices offered every day for a fortnight. Straight after that the fun will shift to The Olympics, with prizes and Olympic themed menus for the two weeks from 2-13 July.

Each day’s menu during the Olympics will be themed around a different competing country, and full recipe cards will be provided to all of Cucina’s chefs.

Director Sam Davies said:

“We have scoured the internet and bought loads of Union Jack prizes – pens, pencils, water bottles, glasses, watches, face paint, umbrellas, hats, bags, inflatable torches, medals and a lot of other things too. We have exercised our credit card to buy a brilliant star prize for each restaurant –a Sony PS Vita and games – or a Nintendo 3DS.”

Commenting on the Star Prizes, Cucina MD Steve Quinn said:

“Whilst it is more expensive for us to offer a star prize at each school, we hold the view that students will want to know who the big winners are.”

Cucina’s summer of fun will be rounded off with 3 days ‘By the Seaside’ with daily seaside-themed menus offered alongside the regular restaurant menus.

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Cucina’s concept of ‘stealthy eating’ – serving nutritious food in the format that students recognise and love – was built on the idea that eating should be fun.

Cucina started in 2005 with one school restaurant and now provides daily food for students in 37 UK schools and academies, where it regularly trebles and quadruples uptake of school meals.


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Cucina's summer of sports-themed fun and star prizes, from Euro Championships to Wimbledon and the Olympics
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We have exercised our credit card to buy a brilliant star prize for each restaurant –a Sony PS Vita and games – or a Nintendo 3DS
Sam Davies