Good for children and for the environment: We cook 100% organic food
Whether at the day-care centre or at home – it appears to us that food should taste good and also be good for us and the environment. Since we want to know exactly what it is that
makes its way into meals, we cook them ourselves. As early as June 2003, our own central kitchen has started to offer nutritious warm lunches made with 100% certified organic products (inspection authority: DE-ÖKO-006). In the interest of ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, we are willing to accept higher costs for purchasing the goods.
Our current organic certification can be found here.
Since we exclusively use 100 % organic products, our meals do not contain any additives that require labelling.
Our executive chef Volker Jahr and his team know what children like and what constitutes a healthy choice. They make sure that there is variety in the menus they offer and they are flexible. We consider it important to keep the length of time for which foods are kept warm down to a minimum and thus to maintain maximum nutrition. Consequently, our kitchen has the vegetables, noodles, rice and potatoes delivered partially cooked or par-boiled. Special combination microwave and steam/convection ovens and induction hobs are then used on site in our many locations to gently finish the food preparation process.
For the midday meals, we also procure fresh fruit and vegetables and in order to preserve all the vitamins, these are not prepared until just before their consumption. Children thus always have something wholesome to munch on. Of course, the breakfasts also consist of organic ingredients.
For setting up our menus, we use the recommendations of the German Nutrition Society as a guide, i.e., once every week, saltwater fish (from a certified fishery or organically raised) is served, once meat (Bioland) and dishes with grains and vegetables are on the menu for the remaining days. A strictly vegetarian diet is also possible. The components are chosen with priority being given to wholefood and mostly locally grown fare.
It is also one of our conceptions to familiarise children with the origins of the food they eat. In many of our day-care centres we grow our own vegetables, visit organic farms and regularly carry out projects about nutrition. It is a particularly good way to impart this very important education for sustainable development.
Our kitchen team – committed and versatile
Our kitchens are managed by Chef Volker Jahr. He is supported by experienced chefs in the various locations. In order to present our nutrition concept, Volker Jahr also regularly goes to our day care centres for parents’ evenings.
kitchen director and chef
Kinderwelt Hamburg e.V.
Telefon: 040 – 20 00 03 70
“I wouldn’t want to miss organic products anymore”
“When I was seven years old, standing at my grandmother’s sink, I knew I wanted to become a chef,” recalls Volker Jahr. But the idea didn’t come out of the blue: the 48-year-old’s grandmother was a cook, his father a master confectioner. In 1980 Volker Jahr put his words into action: He applied to the best hotels in town. In 1983 he completed an apprenticeship as a chef at the Hotel Atlantic. Before he was allowed into the kitchen, however, he had to work as a bellboy for a year. “That was an experience I wouldn’t want to miss.”
Like many chefs, he has been getting around. He hired on a cruise ship, worked as a chef in the state of Rhode Island for two years in the USA, as a site manager in the Blockhouse and for many years ran his own in gastronomic businesses. The working hours were not very family-friendly and so he applied to Kinderwelt in 2003. He was attracted to cooking for children and never regretted this step. He is no longer on the stove; his focus is now on administration. Volker manages the seven kitchens and is responsible, for personnel development in the kitchens, supplier selection, training and compliance with hygiene regulations. To this end, he has trained as a catering business economist and hygiene officer. What he particularly likes about his work is the use of 100% organic food: “Especially for children I don’t want to process anything else.”
Favourite recipes for families
Twenty-five years ago we opened our first day care centre. Our first kitchen fifteen years ago. We always wanted to know what goes into the pots and we wanted 100% organic food (DE-ÖKO-006), because this is the best way to promote resource-conserving handling of food. Since then, our kitchens have inspired parents and children with delicious and healthy food. We have now compiled the favourite recipes of our chefs in a cookbook for our anniversary. Are you curious? You can find an excerpt here. If you are interested in a printed copy, please contact one of our day care centre managers, school cooperation managers or our public relations department.
Only the best is good enough for us
When buying goods, “EU organic” is our minimum standard, but we go further and always use goods from organic associations such as Bioland, Demeter, Naturland, etc. wherever possible.
The products of the organic associations are subject to stricter guidelines in controlled organic cultivation.
Von-Estorff-Straße 26 – 30
Neue Bergstraße 13
Am Bauhof 2
Gourmet Manufaktur Gut Klepelshagen (Deutsche Wildtierstiftung)
Am Stadtrand 45
Baukhof Klein-Süstedt (Bruderhahn Initiative Deutschland)
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