WATCH: The Amazing School Meals in Japan

Japanese school dinners

When I was at school (some time ago now) the school dinners were dreadful. We were served tasteless slop and there are many foods that I still will not eat based on my experiences at school; custard is one of them. I just came across this amazing video on a social media site that shows how Japanese school dinners are served and wanted to share it straight away. I truly believe that schools from across the globe should follow the lead of the Japanese based on this video content. 

First, the children plan their school meals and then study the nutritional value of the meals and the cultural significance of the dishes. Next, they take turns to serve the meals to their peers. Many of the meals are made from produce grown on the school farm. Therefore, the meals are made from fresh seasonal produce, are healthy and delicious. The video shows some of the meals they eat and also mentions that the Japanese have one of the lowest childhood obesity rates in the world and that their school meals are one of the reasons for this.

At the end of meal time, the children thank their servers and clean the dining hall. They consider their dinnertime to be part of their education rather than a break from their education. They are taught to have respect, manners, and pride in their school. I was particularly interested in this as I worked for many years in the Learning Support Faculty of a secondary school. I volunteered to do dinner duties. This involved supervising the dining hall. From my own experiences in the UK, the school children did not show the same level of pride in their school and were generally unwilling to tidy away after themselves.

Take a look at the video below and feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

The Importance of Food Safety in the Workplace

food safety

Training staff in food safety and hygiene is essential in any business where food and beverages are prepared. While most people acknowledge that this is important to businesses in the catering and hospitality industry, this also applies to many other types of business. For example, care homes, retail businesses, large offices, and schools are all likely to have food preparation areas. Anyone who is using these areas and preparing food should have the relevant training. Here are just some of the reasons why this is necessary. 

  • Meeting legal requirements
  • Preventing cross-contamination
  • Preventing the spread of diseases
  • Ensuring the safety of staff using equipment
  • Reducing the risk of chemical-related incidents and contamination
  • Creating a pleasant working environment

Training for Food Safety

There are some excellent training providers who deliver food safety courses and it is important that you use a company that delivers the appropriate training for your country of residence. If you live in the UK, then Create Care Training Ltd. has an excellent range of courses, including e-learning courses, that will give you the underpinning knowledge relating to food safety and hygiene.