Plan a menu

For Hospitality and Catering students here are a few tips on menu planning.

Choose foods with different colours and textures for an appetising choice.

Serve food when it is in season – like fresh salad in summertime.


Dan Gold

Present food attractively using interesting dishes and unusual garnishes and decorations.

Make healthy choices and avoid serving too much fried food or dishes which are high calorie.


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What age group is eating your menu? Think about portion sizes and dietary choices.

Taylor Kiser

Portion sizes for NEA 2

You must show how your choice of dishes has the right portion control. But how do you know?

An average man needs 2,500kcal a day for a healthy body weight.
An average woman needs 2,000kcal a day for a healthy body weight.

Our video link shows how to use The Nutrition Program for portion sizes

How to find a portion size

Exam board NEA 2 marking statements

Planning  – Accurate portion control was evident Eduqas

Accurate and excellent knowledge of nutrition is demonstrated AQA  – need to have portion sizes to do this

Presenting – Demonstrates excellent portion control OCR 

You can check the portion size for meat, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables on BUPA website

It’s a good idea to check out portion sizes of your favourite dishes using supermarket ready meals.

Sainsbury’s Ready Meals (Be good to yourself) give clues and their site shows portions.

How many portions does crumble serve?

What about the puddings?

So for your GCSE Food Preparation Assessment choose

Main course 350-400kcal portions – don’t forget you may serve with rice and vegetables

Desserts about 300kcal and portion 60-100g

Nadiya Hussain’s Pear and Blackberry crumble recipe which serves 4.

Each portion provides 856kcals – the average supermarket dessert provides 200-300kcal.

If portion serving were increased to 8 then the portion is reduced to 428kcal which is a healthier option.

Portion sizes

Our portion sizes for the Nutrition Program come from supermarket websites – Sainsburys Waitrose Aldi Co-op Morrisons  Tesco.

Look up the food dish you are making on the supermarket website and see how much a portion weighs. Tesco has a Healthy Living range with reduced salt, sugar, fat and calories
The Co-op has ready meals with less than 500 calories
School Food Plan has excellent charts on portion sizes

School Food Plan portion

BUPA has an excellent website with portion sizes for different foods.

Starchy foods

Strachy food portions

Meat, fish and other proteins

Portion sizes

Dairy foods

portion sizes