Steven Watts

Steven Watts

IMS expert in Improving Education Catering in Primary and Secondary Schools, Academies, College, Universities and Independent Schools.

Catering consultants that save and develop your food service. Review Consultancy works with all education sectors with both in-house and sub-contracted caterers. Our clients include Warwick University, Havering College, Reading School and Bishop of Winchester Academy.

The benefits of our work;

  • Reduced subsidies
  • Improved modern, innovative food services
  • Maximised customer uptakes Increased fresh, seasonal foods locally sourced and ethically purchased
  • Meeting all legal requirements
  • Increased client confidence in their service and caterer

Our services include;

  • Service Quality and Financial Audits / on-going Monitoring
  • Options Appraisals
  • Tendering
  • Catering Facility Design
  • Service Marketing and Staff Training
  • In-house Support and Development

We start with an initial free, no obligation meeting from which a proposal is presented; with most projects agreed at a fixed fee and definitely no hidden costs.

In the majority of projects, our fees are more than recovered by the first year’s savings through the implementation of Review Consultancy’s strategies and recommendations.

For more information and to arrange your free initial no obligation meeting, please ring 023 9223 2647 or visit


Through my involvement with catering in the education sector over the last 20 years or so, I have seen many business cycles. In state schools we have gone from the service of a very limited, home cooked but highly subsidised offer; to very commercial burger, chips and fizzy drinks with little staff input and profit returns; then Jamie Oliver’s intervention causing mass panic; to today, with the emergence of a more common sense approach. Today’s pupils are very “High Street” and value wise, but after the last 5 or so years of health messages, they are also looking for “good” food. Whilst most caterers and School Business Managers have great common sense, trying to comply with the onerous School Food Standards seemed impossible and with the resulting stagnation in sales and free meal uptake, not entirely the right strategy either. Certainly, caterers needed to improve things; as a father of four, I would not be happy with my children being offered burger and chips every day, however, to dramatically move to the full implementation of the standards was, in my opinion, too far too fast.

Through our recent tendering work with many secondary schools we are seeing an on-going development of excellent and exciting food offered to pupils. At last, the range of dishes offered each day is reducing so that real chefs and customer focused service assistants have time to improve the freshness, quality, presentation and service of real stone baked pizzas, hand carved roasts with all the trimmings and fresh vegetables, made to order hot salads, freshly battered fish and chips, whole roasted chickens, a deli offering a range of breads and fillings, the aroma of a real Italian cappuccino and fresh fruit and smoothy bars... I could go on!

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