COVID-19 was a time of growth and reflection for many. This includes KIS, where many new features were added, both in the online learning platform as well as the physical school. The most exciting of these was the cafeteria renovation.
KIS comes together over meals that cater to the tastes and habits of our international community.
Catering is managed by KIS Food Services Department, at two main dining facilities with fully equipped kitchens and one Gymkhana Snack Bar, an outdoor food counter.
The Highclerc dining hall is an indoor/outdoor two-level dining facility with a seating capacity of around 335. The Food Services team comprises 50 staff with an expertise in preparing multi-cuisine vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The menu which is planned with both variety and nutrition in mind, is posted on the KIS intranet. Special meals can be provided on medical advice.
Some of the outstanding features of our food services department are listed below:
We have a strong food services team at KIS headed by highly qualified chefs bringing with them their combined international experience of over 40 years. The rest of the team comprises local cooks who are trained specifically to enhance the quality of meals.
High international standards are followed to ensure hygiene and quality control. Regular audits regarding procurement, production, service and water purity are periodically conducted to ensure health and safety of the community.
School prefers procurement through local farmers of organic fruit and vegetables, wherever possible.
The cafeteria menus are tailor made with diversification as the core idea. Food cuisines from different parts of the world (Mexican, Arabic, Italian, South East Asian, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Continental, French, American, Bhutanese and Nepalese) are served regularly, giving the students a flavor from the world and most importantly from home.
The Student Food Committee shares the preferences of the community as their suggestions are highly valued and implemented. The department encourages feedback and help from parents, who are dietitians and chefs, especially in preparing special dishes for occasions like graduation, Korean Independence Day and other important international celebrations.
The department is also a part of the “International School Meals Day” which is a global initiative to improve nutritional intake in children. Once a year the day is celebrated all over the world. At KIS our food department collaborates with the Social and Environment Experience Department in organizing programs on healthy eating in-house and in neighbouring schools. Students from local orphanages are invited for an international meal at the school.
The department strives to encourage healthy eating. Whole grains, multi grains, fruit, fresh juices, pro-biotics, high-protein and high-fibre options are given chosen. Day starts with a high protein breakfast, fruit for mid-morning snacks, to lunch which is a combination of Indian and international varieties. Evening tea is served with a savoury and a sweet snack. This is followed by a dinner which like lunch has offerings in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories served with a dessert accompanied by hot or cold beverage.
The department also operates Gymkhana (school snack bar), which is a student hang out area and has a character completely different from the cafeteria. Besides ice-creams and fruit juices, the Gymkhana serves healthy options like whole wheat burgers, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, lassi, tender coconut and energy bars. The Student Food committee also plays a big role in deciding the Gymkhana Menu.