We have an in house kitchen here at Clowns Nursery where all food served is prepared Fresh on site by our dedicated kitchen team.
We do not use any ready-made packet mixes and everything is prepared from scratch to the highest standard.
We are a vegetarian nursery, but we do serve fish, and have been awarded 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency.
At Clowns we strive to provide children with a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. We recognise that children have different requirements at different ages and stages of development and incorporate these into our menus. We also provide different utensils and equipment for children to use as their age and confidence increases.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are given daily and our menus change with the seasons. In addition to the different food we offer we also incorporate food to celebrate occasions and festivals throughout the year. Our aim is to educate children on different tastes, textures and origins of food as well as its nutritional benefits and we do this by cookery demonstrations and discussions during class.
We take allergies very seriously here at Clowns and cater to the individual dietary requirements of children that attend. We liaise with parents and carers to ensure that we are kept updated of changes to food preferences and medical conditions and prepare food separately and serve it in different colour bowls where there are children with allergies present.
Cooking Lessons at Clowns
At Clowns we aim to offer an exciting eating experience and our Chef Manager arranges tutorials in the classes to teach the children about different types of food and why a balanced meal is important.
Children have the opportunity to prepare and make mini pizzas, biscuits, bread and cakes throughout the year and enjoy mixing ingredients together and seeing the results of their efforts.
Meet our Kitchen Team
I am delighted and extremely excited to introduce to you all Fatih Guven. Fatih graduated from culinary school, as a third-generation chef. He then worked in various AA-rosette restaurants and 5* hotels. He has 20 years of culinary expertise across Europe. He met with plant-based cooking in 2007 at the LifeCo in Istanbul and took the next step challenge. He decided to focus on raw, vegan, vegetarian cuisine since then. He moved to London in 2008 and was a supporting influence in the opening of the first fine dining raw vegan restaurant, SAF, in London.
“As a former Executive Chef at SAF Catering, I used to manage two fine-dining restaurants and a production kitchen. I worked as a consultant chef between 2012 and 2018, I worked with several restaurants and food manufacturers including Planet Organic, Farmacy Restaurant and many others. I worked as a personal chef, preparing meals for my clients according to their special nutritional requirements.
I also worked with families who were keen to incorporate healthy eating into their kitchen and I wanted to introduce plant-based meals to their children without compromising the taste & quality”.
Second Chef: Andre Bondo
Andre joined Clowns in June of 2001 and is the longest serving member of the kitchen team. As our Second Chef he works alongside Richard to help prepare meals and snacks. Andre is also responsible for ensuring that children with special dietary needs receive food that meet their requirements.
Andre speaks many languages including French, German, Italian and Portuguese and has completed City and Guild’s training in Catering and Patisserie and Food Hygiene.
Andre has previously worked in Switzerland as Second Chef in a five star hotel before coming to the United Kingdom.
Kitchen Assistant: Jude Lachs
Jude has over 15 years experience in catering. She joined Clowns in January 2018. She prepares snacks, assists in the baking of our biscuits and chops lots of vegetables for our tasty lunches and teas.
Prior to this job she worked in schools, hospitals, cafes.
Jude particularly enjoys supporting the children in our cookery club.
Leon assists with the preparation of food. He has over ten years experience in the catering industry, a qualification in Food Hygiene and is also responsible for cleaning our pots, pans, plates and kitchen utensils and equipment.
Tracy formally joined Clowns in April 2017 but had and assists with the preparation of food. Tracy has a qualification in Food Hygiene and is also responsible for cleaning our pots, pans, plates and kitchen utensils and equipment
The Importance of Healthy Eating
At Clowns our aim is to provide children with healthy, balanced meals using a wide variety of quality ingredients that are colourful and exciting for the children. Children are offered fresh fruit and vegetables daily, milk is offered at snack time and water is available to the children throughout the day. We also cater for special dietary needs.
Our menus are made up of 4 main components as per the government guidelines;
- Starchy foods – bread, potatoes, cereals,
pasta noodles and rice.
- Fruit and vegetables
- Non-dairy sources of protein – fish, beans and pulses
- Milk and dairy – milk, cheese, yoghurt and custards
As well as encouraging healthy eating and developing the choices the children make with regard to their eating habits we also promote the importance of the social aspect of eating together. The children eat meals together, help to lay the tables, the older children serve their own meals, and all children help to clear away once they have finished eating. Fresh drinking water is also available.