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...In November 2012 Tristian Strover was crowned the Nursery Chef of the Year 2012 at the 10th NMT Awards ceremony in London. The awards ceremony, considered the Oscars of the nursery industry, is a glittering celebration of excellence in early years childcare. But, there’s a lot more behind winning this award than just cooking a tasty plate of food.

So, what is it that makes a winner? you might ask. Passion, skill, hard work and a real understanding of children’s nutritional needs are all essential. On the judging day, five of the UK’s best nursery chefs were shortlisted from over 40 nominations. They were invited to come along to The Inspired Gourmet Cookery School in Milton Keynes to compete for the title. Each chef had previously submitted a menu from their nursery, and their nominations were supported by testimonials from colleagues and parents of children who attend their nurseries. And then, in the final judging stage, the chefs were on their own...

Nursery Management Today (March/April 2013)


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...She recalls visiting Tootsies Day Nursery in Farnham, Surrey, where chef Tristian Strover had managed to reduce the amount of sugar in a cake that he made by 38 per cent, by adding vegetables and dried fruit.

Mr Strover says, 'Something you may not expect is the high level of sugars often found in tinned products of tomato sauce and breads.

'We reduce the children's sugar intakes by recreating favourites such as baked beans and by baking our own bread products where possible.'...

Nursery World (December 2012)


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...Encouraging the children at your setting to eat well and making sure you are providing healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink is part of running an early years setting.

But, until recently, there were no clear, national guidelines to help you. The new national Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings came out in January 2012 and you can download it from but is it that easy to make it work in practice?

Way Ahead got some tips from Jo Strover, Area Manager of Tootsies Private Day Nursery in Farnham, who won a Nursery World Award for their food in September 2011....

Surrey Way Ahead (Summer 2012)


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...Tootsies Private Day Nursery, which caters for a maximum of 130 children across two sites, serves them only meals and snacks that are free from artificial colours and preservatives and freshly prepared on site – including the home-made baked beans.

Chef Tristian Strover is a big part of Tootsies’ success with nursery food. He joined in 2009 with extensive experience in the catering trade. He bakes his own bread, makes his own yeast and provides a great variety of dishes and seasonal foods. He monitors the children’s likes and dislikes and adjusts the menus accordingly...

Nursery World Awards (2011)



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