Former Army Chef, Neil Salvage, took on the role of Chef Manager with Accent Catering for the independent school last week. With a team of fifteen, Neil will be responsible for running three kitchens throughout the school and nursery, as well as advising on nutrition, menu development, the purchasing of ingredients and food presentation.
Neil, 43, has been a qualified Chef since he was 18 years old. Having trained in the Army, he spent 18 years cooking up feasts for his military comrades all in countries like Germany, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and Canada, before returning to the UK six years ago.
Since returning he has racked up experience and awards as a Head Chef for a number of hotels and schools, even winning Best Menu for the Public Sector award and coming second in the Organic Food Award whilst working at Markeaton Primary School in Derby in 2014.
He said: “I’m ready to put my stamp on Hallfield School. I have young children so I know what it is like to worry about what they’ll be eating at school, whether it’s healthy and if they’ll be satisfied. Everything is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. We will be reviewing our menus and services across the whole of the site. This includes Aftercare, lunch and hospitality menus. There’s nothing I enjoy better than serving up traditional well cooked and well-presented food to the children to keep them satisfied for the rest of their day.”
Mr Richard Batchelor, Headmaster at Hallfield School, said: “Neil has a huge amount of experience in a number of diverse settings. His skills and expertise in the kitchen will no doubt help to make Hallfield’s school meals even more appealing, nutritious and value for money than they already are.”