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Welcome Neil Price

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by Jo

Scout leader, head chef and company chef for Principals, Neil Price knows a thing or two about what his main customers think.

Since moving from H+J, where he worked as head chef at British Council, to Principals, he’s been chatting to his primary school pupils every day.  “I actually spend a lot of time front of house, talking to the pupils.  Treating everyone, including a 5 year old child, like equals means they tell you anything.  I usually just ask them what they thought of their lunch, what they like to eat, and what they dislike.  They think we’re just having a chat, but little do they know I’m writing next week’s menu.”

“Young people are now more empowered than ever before, and they are even more exposed to farmers markets and street food stalls, visiting regularly with their friends and family.   We’re bringing this to our pupils, something a little different than the usual school catering – it’s what we are really great at and we love the flair and freedom to make school lunches more exciting.”

Principals unveils rebrand at EduKent EXPO and Conference 2016

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Jo


The Principals team were at EduKent EXPO and Conference last week to unveil the new Principals brand identity. Assistant Customer Service Manager, William Barlow was able supported by Trevor Hand, Harbour & Jones Company Chef and newly appointed Principals Company Chef, Neil Price.

We also took advantage of this occasion to launch our ‘school food plan’ which highlights five key areas where food can really make a difference to schools. These objectives are the ultimate focus for Principals’ existing and potential clients and include how to increase uptake; continual innovation; creating a culture of food; understanding the balance between food and physical activity; and promoting CSR.

At EduKent, which took place on 9th November at the Kent Showground in Maidstone, Principals offered attendees the chance to sample its healthy school menu choices, highlighting the importance of using locally sourced produce in support of the community. We chose to focus our sample menu on in-season Kentish apples, sourced from local suppliers, to create dishes such as pulled ham hock served with apple chutney, sweet potato and cauliflower couscous and a selection of yoghurt based slaws.

Peter McKenna at Principals says: “We are incredibly excited to have unveiled Principals’ new branding at EduKent Expo and Conference 2016. It is one of the leading educational catering events of the year and to be able to be a part of it, not only to showcase our new brand identity, but also to highlight our school food plan moving forward has been incredible. This year Principals has entered a new chapter: we have launched our new brand, become part of the Harbour & Jones family and gained 56 new contracts. I am looking forward to seeing where 2017 will take us.

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