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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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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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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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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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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12/06/2019 10:06
With only four weeks to go until the highly anticipated Main Event, LACA is reminding its members to book their places now.

Along with the Awards for Excellence, Education Catering Exhibition and Finishing Touches competition, there is a series of free to attend workshops on Wednesday 10 July.

 The workshops include:  

  • Tendering & procurement including use of existing templates and frameworks
  • ...
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05/06/2019 10:06
The nominees have been announced for the LACA Awards for Excellence, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole between Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 July.

The nominees are:

LACA Apprentice/Trainee Award 2019, sponsored by Promise Gluten Free

  • Daisy Lord, Vertas
  • Callum Oliver, Derbyshire CC
  • Hannah Wright, Leicestershire Traded Services

LACA Catering Business of the Year Award...

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28/05/2019 08:05
Premier Foods has announced the five shortlisted schools for its McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition.
  • Ryhill Junior Infant and Nursery School
  • St Martin and St Mary C of E School
  • Cherry Burton School
  • Woodlands Primary School
  • Kingstone Academy Trust.

The shortlisted schools will compete in a live final held at catering exhibition LACA’s The...

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23/05/2019 08:05
Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (HCL), the school catering service in Hertfordshire celebrated the talent of its staff at an awards evening, on Friday 17 May at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted.

All 36 shortlisted nominees, and those who nominated them, attended the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted by Paul Martin, a ‘master magician and mind reader’, a member of the Magic Circle AIMC with Silver Star.

The 14 category awards were presented to those who had provided ‘...

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22/05/2019 06:05
It’s your last chance to enter LACA’s finishing touches competition, with entries closing on Friday (24 May).

Co-run by LACA and the Craft Guild of Chef, the Finishing Touches culinary salon takes place during this year’s LACA: The Main Event (10-11 July) – providing entrants the chance to show off their skills.

Now in its 12th year, the competition is aimed at all levels of staff employed across...

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