Catering Management Consultants Ltd - CMC

Everything we do is all about a child’s lunch.

We create tailored catering solutions for schools, academies and colleges who want to manage their catering in house. We offer full management support with all aspects of the service.

What do they do?

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Product Overview.

HeadteacherChat’s Overview of Catering Management Consultants Ltd:

How does CMC School Food describe their product?

CMC supports schools to create their own bespoke in-house catering services. The vast range of support provided by their team of consultants includes menu-planning, finance tracking and purchasing, catering safety systems, marketing, help with recruitment and staff absence and staff training as well as safety audits – all backed up with daily access to a CMC consultant.

What does it enable you to do?

CMC enables a school to seamlessly create their own in-house catering services by working with the school to oversee the process from start to finish, supported throughout by a dedicated CMC consultant. As well as saving time, the use of CMC means that catering managers and school leaders can be confident that the menus comply with the School Food Standards. Equally importantly, they know that food is sourced from reputable suppliers at competitive prices, whilst not compromising on quality. Through CMC’s termly audits of their safety systems implemented in the school kitchen, schools will know that the relevant food safety legislation is being adhered to. The CMC Financial Tracker is easy for Catering Managers to use to produce high-quality, yet straightforward reports for all users, including School Governors, to assess and monitor the catering budget. 

What are the benefits of using CMC?

  • Bespoke menus created using quality produce purchased directly by the school through CMC audited suppliers
  • Confidence that legislations is adhered to, including COSHH, HACCP, Allergens, Risk assessments etc 
  • Catering staff trained on the systems including Food Safety in Catering to Level 2 (included in management fee)
  • Daily catering management support from your dedicated CMC Consultant 
  • Online CMC Kitchen Tracker system for phased monthly budgets, supplier orders and stocktaking, plus CMC Safety Systems and Recipe Book
  • Full control of your catering service with the peace of mind to know you’re supported all the way


Suppliers are constantly monitored to ensure we receive the best value for money, without compensating on quality.”  

Barbara Jackson SBM

"Taking our catering in house with the assistance of CMC has been such a reassuring experience.  I am most impressed with their alignment with our values, their ability to listen and move forward with urgency, diligence and kindness. 

As consultants with deep and broad experience in this industry we were able to fulfil our ambitions to provide the best meals, compliantly, and ensure that staff received the training, remuneration and working conditions they deserve.  CMC have also supported us to improve menus, portion sizes, adjust working hours, budget pricing, suppliers, training and many other aspects and I have unreservedly recommended CMC to colleagues."

Karen Giles, Interim Executive Headteacher 

In summary, HeadteacherChat recommends CMC because:

‘We were impressed with the amount that CMC offers schools, and the knowledge that they have with regard to food safety and business legislation.
School’s have control of their catering budgets, and have access to up-to-date financial information. We also liked the fact that their service is bespoke to all schools. This is all done with the reassurance that they are operating safely and adhering to food business legislation.’
Lucy Coy, HeadteacherChat. August 2022.