School meals are a quintessential part of most childhoods and usually for all the wrong reasons. My memories of the late 90s are dominated by them. I could never understand why the cake I so desperately wanted had to come with lumpy custard.
My opinion of school meals didn't improve when I eventually moved onto high school in the mid-noughties. As part of a healthy eating initiative, most of the items on the menu were rabbit food and not in a tasty-filling-vegetarian-treat sort of way.
However, my school dinner woes certainly won't be shared by the future King of England, four-year-old Prince George.
Pizza Fridays and taco Tuesdays would be unthinkable at his $24,000 a year school in London, Thomas's Battersea. As you might expect, the future king is dining like a king already, and his school meals are basically restaurant quality.
According to the school's website, its catering team develops dishes "with an emphasis on healthy cooking, full flavor, and presentation."
As a result, the food on offer will change with the seasons, and yes, a fillet of salmon is an item on the menu.
Since starting at the school in September of last year, the young prince has enjoyed a midmorning snack; a starter of fresh soup and bread; a main course with a protein (meat, fish or vegetarian), a vegetable and a carb; as well as a dessert.
With the cost of tuition alone costing vastly more than what most families spend on food in a year, it's unlikely there will be many Parent Trap style food fights in Prince George's school cafeteria - although, admittedly, he will be missing out in that department.
Pictured below is a menu featured on Thomas's Battersea's website:
The first thing I noticed was how much was freshly prepared and organic! So much of my school lunch was frozen and just heated up!
Stand out dishes include 'freshly prepared fragrant lamb and apricot tagine', 'spinach and ricotta tortelloni', 'oven backed MSC Alaskan salmon fishcakes drizzled with sweet chili sauce' and 'freshly prepared authentic turkey tikka masala'.
Makes my school's Turkey Twizzlers and chips look like farm food.
And just check out those desserts! A 'freshly prepared apple and courgette sponge with a vanilla custard' and 'chilled strawberry and vanilla mousse' with 'fresh fruit'!
I do all my own shopping now that I'm an adult, and even I don't eat this well!
The impressive menu at the school, however, is not the only reason it's recently hit the headlines.
Horrifyingly, Islamic State supporter,Husnain Rashid, encouraged other extremists to target the school shortly after George started there, posting a picture of the establishment superimposed with silhouettes of two masked jihadist fighters online.
It was accompanied by the following message: "Even the Royal Family will not be left alone. School starts early."
But this was merely a small part of the would-be terrorist's online output, which he is now facing a life behind bars for.
Thankfully, the British Royal Family has a strong security team, and while such threats are extremely alarming, it's unlikely that it would be possible for any of them to be carried out.
Anyway, back to Prince George's diners - if he's got any leftover dessert needing a home, I'd be delighted to help him out.