How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

Contributing writer By Rebeca Plantier
Contributing writer
Rebeca Plantier is a journalist and author of French School Lunch, a two-year research project on France’s public school lunch program promoting health and wellbeing in children. She writes about about healthy living, travel, parenting and the French lifestyle—and her work has appeared on various sites, such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, Salon, EatLocalGrown, travel site Matador Network and many others.

In French elementary schools, lunch is prepared onsite and with fresh ingredients. Here are photos that depict what a "homemade" meal for lunch can look like.

A broad look at the kitchen.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

It's equipped to prepare fresh food, not just heat up frozen dishes.

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A chef cooks cauliflower.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

Leeks cook on the stovetop.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools
How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

A chef cooks vegetables.

A chef finishes fish preparation in the oven.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

A chef seasons the vegetables.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

A fresh bread delivery arrives each morning.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

The potatoes are mashed.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

Dessert is fresh peaches.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

The finished meal is ready to eat.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

Students use real silverware and drink from glass cups.

Students eat in groups of four.

How Lunches Are Made In French Elementary Schools

The student sitting in the red chair is the only one who can get up to fetch more water or fresh bread.

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