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LACA
26/06/2019 09:06
National School Meals Week (NSMW) sponsored by Kraft Heinz is the annual, week-long event that gives the school meals industry the chance to celebrate all that is great about school food.

Organisers say that plans are already in place for NSMW 2019 and they are encouraging everyone involved in education catering – from managers, to kitchen staff, midday supervisors, teachers and suppliers - to get involved.

Following the success of the NSMW Marathon tour in 2017, and the...

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Industry
26/06/2019 09:06
Five councils across England have been selected to become trailblazer authorities in tackling childhood obesity.

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and administered by the Local Government Association (LGA), the three-year programme asks councils to lead ‘innovate’ action in their local community as part of the government’s childhood obesity plan.

Its goals are to:

  • Test
  • ...
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Industry
Hospitality careers in need of a re-brand, according to new research
26/06/2019 05:06
Over half of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in hospitality, research from HIT Training and Get My First Job has found.

It found that 53% of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in the hospitality industry because it’s seen as ‘a stepping stone to another career’, as having ‘limited career prospects’ and viewed as ‘a part-time job while studying’.

The research found as many as three in five know what...

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LACA
25/06/2019 09:06
The 2019 Main Event will include the ‘best ever’ LACA Live demonstrations.

Taking place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July it will include creative demonstrations for school caterers to take back to their schools.

On Wednesday the stage will take host to the likes of School Chef of the Year winner, Steven Cross and his winning dishes, presentation of Finishing...

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Industry
25/06/2019 08:06
A new law requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods has been announced by the government.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to introduce ‘Natasha’s Law’ by summer 2021 in an effort to protect food allergy sufferers.

Named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the new law will ‘...

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LACA
25/06/2019 06:06
This year’s LACA Host a School Chef initiative sponsored by Alaska Seafood has had more education caterers taking part than in previous years and more of the country’s top end restaurants being involved than ever before.

Launching it as a stand-alone, year-round event has already allowed school chefs to enjoy visits to many of the leading eateries in various locations across the country.

Simon Radley’s Michelin Star Restaurant in the 5 star Chester Grosvenor started the ball rolling back in February, with...

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Industry
UK Hospitality welcomes Scotland food education programme
25/06/2019 05:06
UKHospitality, the trade body that represents the UK’s hospitality sector, has welcomed the launch of the Good Food Futures programme that is designed to teach children and young people about Scotland’s food industry.

The Good Food Futures programme, backed by £1 million of investment, aims to give children a greater understanding of where food comes from and the many career opportunities available in the industry.

The programme will also include more farm visits, healthy cooking lessons and put more...

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LACA
24/06/2019 09:06
British children are consuming as much as 10x the recommended sugar levels at school, sugar campaigning organisation, Sugarwise, has claimed.

It says that although the current standards place limits on what can be served and that individual items may adhere to the standards, there is no overall limit on how much sugar is consumed.

The campaigning and certification organisation claim that with breakfast and after school clubs...

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Industry
ISS crowns their School Chef of the Year 2019
24/06/2019 05:06
Cameron Dunbar, chef at The Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge, Kent, was awarded the top prize at the annual ISS Education Chef of the Year (COTY) competition.

The competition takes school chefs out of their comfort zone and challenges them to create fine dining calibre dishes.

In the final the contestants had to use their ingenuity to create an improvised dish from a mystery box of ingredients. He prepared a pan-fried duck breast on a bed of...

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LACA
19/06/2019 10:06
It's three weeks until LACA’s main event, which means the countdown to book delegate places is on.

As well as a multitude of speakers, including Liz Bonnin, host of TVs landmark documentary Drowning In Plastic, and Katharine Tate, the Food Teacher there are free to attend workshops and a LACA live demonstration theatre.

It will include the School Chef of the Year winner, Steven Cross,...

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