What’s on the menu at St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar?


Kim has been the Head Cook at St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar since it first opened in mid-2018.

Kim says she feels a strong connection to the community that has since formed between the centre and its neighbouring schools, St Patrick’s Primary School and St Joseph’s College.

“I love working for St Nick’s Lochinvar because of the environment that’s created here,” Kim says. “We’re in proximity to other schools in the Catholic Diocese [of Maitland-Newcastle] and I also have two boys [who attend those schools] as well.”

When planning her menus for the children, Kim likes to consider a variety of foods from a diverse range of cultures.

“I do multicultural dishes, so that’s how I come up with my ideas,” she explains.

With today’s meal, for instance, Kim is serving up Moroccan Beef, which she has mixed with a variety of vegetables and “goodness” to give the children all the energy they need to take on the day.

St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar’s barista window

A unique feature of St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar is its coffee window, which offers parents the opportunity to pick up a coffee as they drop their children off each morning.

“I’ve had so many parents come up to me at the coffee window of a morning and ask how I get their kids to eat their lunch and, in all honesty, it’s just that it tastes delicious,” Kim says.

Kim’s recipes are no secret. If parents choose, they can request any of the recipes Kim serves up at St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar to take home for their families.

Kim admits, her love of cooking aside, the best part of the job is the relationships she has been able to build with families: “I’ve actually formed so many nice relationships over the past 12 months with parents,” she says.

The recipe featured here is Kim’s Moroccan Beef; a favourite at St Nick’s Lochinvar. 

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