Canteen

A good variety of healthy and delicious food choices are available daily at the ISHCMC Canteen. The school supervises the canteen operations to ensure that quality standards are maintained.

Initiated by the School’s canteen committee, the ISHCMC community has united to join the campaign to energize its students by providing healthy, balanced and nutritious dishes, handcrafted with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. 

Chef Gabriel Boyer has been brought to ISHCMC to help develop the new school menus. Chef Boyer is collaborating on recipes, coaching staff and further developing service procedures. Well-respected in the fine dining scene of Ho Chi Minh City, Chef Gabriel (known affectionately as “Chef Gabe” to the ISHCMC students) boasts more than four years’ experience of working with top restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. He previously worked at two different Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago, L2O and Tru. With this new role, Chef Boyer has taken on the challenge of serving up as many as 1000 school meals in an hour to possibly the most demanding set of customers he has faced so far in his career. Dishes have to be appealing, well-balanced and most importantly – tasty!

Assorted Handrolled Sushi with Ponzu Dressed Wakame Salad   Jamacian Jerk Chicken Skewer and BBQ Pork Skewer
Assorted Handrolled Sushi with Ponzu Dressed Wakame Salad   Jamacian Jerk Chicken Skewer and BBQ Pork Skewer
     
Tandori Chicken with Jeera Rice   Tradtional Bechamel Lasagna with Steamed Vegetables
Tandori Chicken with Jeera Rice   Tradtional Bechamel Lasagna with Steamed Vegetables
     
Vietnamese Bun Thai Noodle Soup   Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork with Sunny Side up Egg
Vietnamese Bun Thai Noodle Soup   Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork with Sunny Side up Egg

“For me, it’s all about the food and it’s great that the food is such a strong focus at ISHCMC. I’ve been very impressed with the students at ISHCMC and how willing they are to try new things. Students can choose from a range of international flavors where all ingredients are healthy and sourced locally. Personally it’s a very proud moment when a student is choosing to add a side salad to their school dinner. We are helping the students at ISHCMC to make good decisions and establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”

- Chef Gabriel Boyer.

“We have seen that our children feel empowered when allowed to take their lunch decisions into their hands. Children are fueling themselves with the right types of food and, as a result, are energetic to learn. It’s a well-proven fact that what you eat affects motivation and concentration levels. For me, I’m thrilled that we have found that balance, the kids are empowered to make their decision, and they can enjoy their lunch and still feel switched on for an afternoon of learning.”

- Director of Academic Studies, Adrian Watts

STUDENT VOICES

“I enjoy the availability of healthy, wholesome foods during lunch, as well as the variety of dishes prepared throughout the week. The emphasis on nutrition and diversity is really appreciated.”

- Stijn van der Burg, Grade 12 student

“It all looks so good and tastes amazing - I really love the Tex-Mex salad with the small taco shells for topping and the fresh avocado and tomato pieces.”

- Emily Axelsen, Grade 5 student

PARENT VOICES

My children are constantly telling me about new food they have tried at school. The kids are so lucky to have such a diverse menu reflecting dishes from all over the world. I think it’s a great opportunity for them to experiment with different cuisines.”

- Parent, Line Stehr

“Personally, I think it’s great to witness such a transformation. I’m always conscious about what I feed my kids and even more worried when they’re out of sight. Ultimately it’s their personal decision of what they’d like to eat and these changes are helping my children develop good eating habits that will (hopefully!) last a lifetime. Since the changes to the lunch menu at ISHCMC, students are now queuing up for the salad bar and hot gourmet counter which is food that is good for them and will keep them alert for the rest of the school day. I often see the teachers enjoying lunch and many times, you can even see our parents eating there too!”

- Parent, Anette Axelsen

TEACHER VOICES

“It’s a privilege to have such healthy choices every day.” 

- Chad Walsh,Grade 5 teacher

I’m really enjoying the new salad bar and my absolute favorite is the Middle Eastern themed salad - it has hummus and its always super fresh.”

- Rob McConnan, Secondary Science Teacher

At the morning recess, students have a snack of fresh fruit provided by the school. There are separate, staggered morning recesses and lunch breaks for the Junior, Elementary, Middle and High School sections at the An Phu campus. Drinking water is provided from chilled fountains throughout the campus.

Parents are encouraged to provide healthy, nutritious lunches, limiting snack/junk food, chocolate and excluding fizzy/soda drinks.