For the past 16 years Steven has worked within the catering trade, after leaving school he went straight to Southdowns College and studied catering for 4 years. Cooking has always been his passion and from a very young age he cooked at home with his mother who is also a chef.
Steven really loved college and the food he produced. He was rewarded with work placements in Buckingham Palace and Windsor castle, which was a great opportunity and a great honour working with some very talented chefs.
After leaving college Steven focused on the highest level possible in fine dining and started working within AA rosetted establishments and Michelin star restaurants. This was extremely hard work, but Steven loved the challenge, Steven has worked in such places as 36 On The Quay and JSW, in Petersfield.
For the past two years Steven has worked in Emsworth, at a local pub, in partnership with the owner to step up the quality. He achieved great success.
Steven wanted a change and to experience new areas of catering so thought Park would be a great challenge and opportunity. Steven has worked incredibly hard to redefine school meals at Park Community School, and to date is receiving excellent results.
From summer 2016 Park Community School kitchens are now using seasonal, local and organic produce.
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 ethical, sustainable and fresh, free from nasty additives and trans fats and meets school food standards.
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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.
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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.
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