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Italian chef, Gino D'Acampo

The delicious ‘Simply Fantastico’ range has been composed by Gino with a focus on simplicity and taste

- Twelve authentic pasta dishes have been created exclusively for Innovate Services’ school restaurants -

Innovate Services Ltd, the innovative catering facilities operator to the education sector, has announced an exclusive partnership with popular Italian chef, entrepreneur and author, Gino D’Acampo to create a new Italian food menu for its 65 school, academies and college restaurants across the UK. As part of the relationship, Gino D’Acampo has created 12 authentic pasta recipes that will be freshly served to students and offer a true taste of restaurant-quality Italian cuisine.

To celebrate the launch, on Monday 12 March Gino D’Acampo will be serving the first pasta meals from the new ‘Simply Fantastico’ range to students at one of Innovate’s school restaurants in Buckinghamshire, as part of the lunchtime service.

Gino D’Acampo, who is also a familiar face through his many TV appearances, has designed the dishes to offer students a choice of real Italian pastas that are packed with goodness and are based on traditional recipes using wholesome, honest ingredients. The range is launching at all of Innovate’s dining facilities this month, and will be available as plated meal options or packaged in specially designed ‘grab and go’ insulated cartons.

Commenting on the launch of ‘Simply Fantastico’ at Innovate’s restaurants, Gino D’Acampo said, “I am a passionate believer in good, fresh food and am excited to have been invited by Innovate to create a new range of real Italian pasta dishes for school and college students across the UK. The dishes use the very best quality ingredients that are full of goodness and taste great. In fact, they are based on some of my family favourites and so I hope the students enjoy the meals as much as I did when I was growing up.”

Derick Martin, co-founder and CEO of Innovate Services said, “Pasta is a firm favourite for most students and so we were keen to give them something to get truly excited about. For a long time we have been looking for the right solution and are now very confident that we’ve found it having partnered exclusively with professional chef, Gino D’Acampo. The delicious ‘Simply Fantastico’ range has been composed by Gino with a focus on simplicity and taste, and we plan to rotate these 12 new flavours across our school restaurant’s daily menus.”

Throughout February, Gino D’Acampo undertook a series of road-show events to showcase the recipes to Innovate’s chefs and catering teams across the country and to provide live demonstrations of how the dishes are created, explain what has gone into the recipes and inspire the school chefs who will be preparing the recipes with his energy, enthusiasm and passion for creating real Italian food served with style.

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Notes to Editors:
• High resolution images are available to accompany this press release. Please contact Peppa Sheridan to request electronic copies.

• School visit: Gino D’Acampo will be visiting a school in Buckinghamshire on Monday 12 March to serve the first new pasta meals during the lunchtime service to its students. If you would be interested in sending a photographer, or would like to receive photos from this session, contact Peppa Sheridan on 01787 313822.

• The Simply Fantastico flavours include: Arrabiata (Classic spicy tomato sauce with chilli); Chicken Italiano (Italian chicken sauce with fresh basil and peas); Vegitalian (Delicious white vegetarian sauce with peas and red peppers); Meatballs (Fantastic Italian meatball in a sauce with green pesto); Gnocchi al Pomodoro (Traditional Italian potato dumpling in a tomato sauce); Chunky Tuna Bake (Italian style baked pasta with tuna and spinach).

About Innovate Services Ltd:
Innovate Services Ltd launched to offer an exciting new approach to catering in schools, academies and colleges, driven by a goal to inspire students with a blend of healthy eating and an inviting space in which they enjoy spending their time.

Innovate, in partnership with education business managers, head-teachers, staff and students, turns out-dated canteens into modern, vibrant multi-functional spaces that bring a new heart to the school or college. The team focuses on creating great food, which is healthy and importantly what students want to eat. Innovate gets rid of queues and massively expands choice and availability and the results speak for themselves, with many schools, academies and colleges doubling meal uptake.

Innovate provides a modern catering service, while delivering a host of value-added services and curriculum support initiatives.

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Editor’s Contact:
Peppa Sheridan
Peptalk Communications
01787 313822

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