Food Explorers

Every Food Explorer menu is made up of tasty dishes packed full of nutrients, with each meal offering Food Explorers at least 3 of their 5 a day.

Our theme days  offer lots of new flavours to explore and include competitions for pupils to win Food Explorer prizes.

Most of our schools will offer three choices of a Food Explorer hot main meal, including a vegetarian or vegan option, a selection of  pasta pots, jacket potatoes or a sandwich.

Every Food Explorer is offered vegetables, side salad, bread and drinking water with their main meal. For dessert, fresh fruit and yoghurt is offered as an alternative to the homemade dessert of the day.








Our menus...

Our menus are on a three-week cycle and change every six months; after the Easter holidays to our Spring/Summer menu and after October half-term to our Autumn/Winter menu.

Check out our Autumn/Winter Food Explorer menus and theme days:

Theme days:

Nutritional Information

To request the latest nutritional report, please contact the catering team.

National School Meals Week is 30!

Derbyshire Catering Service are celebrating the 30th Birthday of National School Meals Week (NSMW) 

National School Meals Week is the one week in the year when we celebrate all that is great about today's school food, with this years activities scheduled for the 6th - 10th November.

Schools across the country are promoting the 'Everyone benefits from a great school lunch' campaign, which is an initiative to get children back to eating a healthy delicious meal. 

For further information about events taking place, please speak with your school or contact us via email : 

Try this at home

In every menu we include a Food Explorer recipe for you to try at home.

The Autumn Winter menu includes a delicious "No Nut" Bakewell Tart, remember to send in a photographs of your dish to and we will send out a prize for your children. 

Please note the filling in the No Nut Bakewell tart recipe should be made with Self Raising flour not Plain flour. 

There are lots of other Food Explorer recipes to try on our website.