Rory’s School Lunches is a professional catering business that manages canteens for South Australian schools.   We provide the right food, systems, processes and staff to make the school canteen a hassle-free service.

Management Team

All members of Rory’s School Lunches management team have Working with Children security checks as part of their employment with Rory’s School Lunches.

Managing Director, Rory Hope

Rory's School Lunches Rory Hope
Managing Director, Rory Hope

Rory has worked in the food and hospitality industry since leaving school.  He started in customer service with a national franchise and worked his way up to a senior leadership role.  This experience gave him good insight to the food industry; from dealing with customers at the shop front through to managing a business in terms of people, processes, finance, IT and administration.  Particularly, Rory learned the importance of professional systems and processes to manage and grow a business.

In 2000, Rory left the franchise business to manage a transport business.

Rory left the transport business in 2003 to go out on his own.  He created two new catering businesses:

  • Rory’s School Lunches, providing canteen management services to government, independent and catholic schools in South Australia.
  • Rory’s Catering Co., a private catering business servicing schools, universities, local government, businesses, private parties and wedding across Adelaide.

To complement his practical experience, Rory has certification in accounting and business management. He has also completed two courses run by the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre:

  • Business Fundamentals Workshop
  • Mentoring for Success

For corporate governance and strategic input, Rory has an Advisory Board with two external mentors:

  • Rob Chisholm (AOM), founder of the Polaris Business Centre
  • Alan Green, a chartered accountant who is a member of the FCA as well as the FCPA.

Their vast knowledge and experience provides a valuable sounding board for Rory to guide him in the growth and development of his businesses.

Rory's School Lunches Operations ManagerOperations Manager, Shane Smith

Shane Smith is Rory’s School Lunches Operations Manager.  He has worked in the business since 2004 and during that time Shane has developed the canteen service into the professional catering business it is today.

Shane has a certificate in Business Management and Operations.  He has also completed Advanced Food Safety training, which is a world-wide recognised certification.

Shane’s primary focus is auditing, reviewing, training and implementing new strategies within the canteen service.

Prior to joining Rory’s School Lunches, Shane spent ten years in a senior management position within a national food franchise.  This experience gave him valuable know-how on how to run a large-scale professional food operation.


Rory's School Lunches staff

  • Our canteen operators all have Working with Children security checks as part of their employment with Rory’s School Lunches.
  • Our team’s skills are assessed bi-monthly against a proficiency chart.
  • Training objectives and KPIs are set and the canteen operator’s performance is measured and reviewed every two months.  This is a great way for our staff to develop their skills and it ensures the operation of every school canteen is maintained to the highest industry standards.

Part of Your School Community

Rory’s is proud of the many long-term partnerships we have made with South Australian schools.  We are more than just a supplier; we want to make a lasting contribution to your school.

Some examples of how we do this are:

  • We can create work experience opportunities in school canteens for students who are interested in working in the food
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    Rory teaching a Business Studies class at Playford International School

    and hospitality industry. Students will be provided with on-the-job training and a certificate to verify they have completed work experience, which they can take to future employers.

  • Depending on our staffing requirements, we may offer traineeships for students who are interested in becoming chefs or hospitality workers through the catering arm of our business.
  • We may employ parents to work in our school canteens, provided they have the skills and qualifications to fit the role.

About Our Schools

  • Rory’s School Lunches works with South Australian government schools, Catholic schools, independent schools and adult education colleges.
  • We work schools in the Adelaide metropolitan area that have more than 500 students.