Catering For Religious Needs

I need some advice please!

I was working with a group of clients today a couple of whom asked in advance for a Kosher prepared lunch.

We asked our local sandwich shop to do this but my two clients felt unable to eat the food as we couldn't evidence the process the shop had used in preparing the food.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a document which would help me to understand the catering needs of religious groups so that in the future I can check with our caterers that they are following the necessary processes.

Thanks in anticipation.


  • Hi Paul

    A google search will give you guidelines and details of Jewish organisations that I found to be helpful in the past.  Kosher involves separate preparation areas and must avoid contact with non-Kosher including knives etc used for non Kosher so I very much doubt that a standard caterer, sandwich shop or deli would be able to give the level of assurance required.  I suggest you take a look at the main supermarkets who have Kosher lines.  I would provide the food still in the wrapping with disposable plates and cutlery - all one use and then thrown away.  In the past I have done this and included hard boiled eggs still in the shell and fruit and managed well.  Your clients too would probably be very happy to advise you to avoid a similar situation in the future.


  • I do so sympathise, having at one time to explain to a Michelin-starred chef that he could not use alcohol as an ingredient in any form during the preparation of a banquet meal.  I will never forget the look on his face which seemed to indicate that he was about to call someone to get me sectioned.

    A previous training team that I managed compiled a list of off-the-shelf branded products that met specific requirements.  I believe, for example, that there is a readily available list of branded products which have been passed as Kosher - at least I believe it is still current because I can remember a row about Coca Cola. 

    But most of us who have specific dietary requirements as a result of faith don't normally take offence at anyone asking what that need means or for suggestions of what we'd like to have.