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Sue Brady & brigade making light work of school meals

Teamwork, laughter, giant ladles and some great cooking thrown in for good measure. See what happened when we went to visit Wiltshire caterer Sue Brady and her brilliant brigade.

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Everything has to add up, which is why I was also impressed at the yield produced by the stock against some of Essential Cuisine’s more well-known competitors. The bonus in school catering is that you get an even greater yield of stock because children don’t like food that’s too rich. If a scoop makes one litre when you are cooking at home, it’ll make one-and-a-half in schools.

Sue Fletcher-White, Food Education Manager, Colham Manor Primary

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