Local Food Links chef in line to become BBC Cook of the Year

03/04/2019 08:04
Ashley Painter, Bridport Kitchen Manager at school meals provider Local Food Links (LFL), is in line to win the BBC’s Cook of the Year after he became one of three finalists in the Food and Farming Awards.

The award recognises that a good canteen kitchen serving nutritious, budgeted food 'transforms lives and it celebrates the people who are creating change through food'.

He said he was “really proud to be nominated and shortlisted for the award, and proud of the meals the Bridport team...


Limit school lunch portions to save money, say government cost-cutting advisers

29/03/2019 10:03
Schools have been told to cut costs by limiting lunch portions by the under secretary of state for the school system, Lord Agnew’s, cost-cutting consultants.

Reports seen by Schools Week revealed that the ‘school resource management advisers (SMA) showed that the proposal for cutting portion size was made after an adviser reviewed the trust’s catering with the chain’s business manager and found that ‘there was a large amount of waste’.

But the...


Schools caterer Local Food Links increases output by 50%

29/03/2019 06:03
School food caterer, Local Food Links, has increased its output by almost 50% with help from Dorset Growth Hub.

The countywide business support agency has helped the not-for-profit caterer to meet rising demand among primary schools for more choice in meal catering.

Local Food Links chief executive Caroline Morgan described the support package from Dorset Growth Hub as ‘pivotal’, adding: “They...


SCOTY winner cooks with Michelin star chef

22/03/2019 08:03
LACA’s School Chef of the Year winner, Steven Cross, was invited to spend the day working alongside Michelin star chef Alyn Williams.

Williams had invited Cross to join him in his signature restaurant, Alyn Williams at the Westbury in the Westbury Hotel Mayfair as part of this year’s LACA Host a School Chef, sponsored by Alaska Seafood, programme.

The programme offers school chefs across England and Wales the...


LACA begins plans for NSMW 2019

22/03/2019 06:03
The Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) has revealed the first of its plans for National School Meals Week 2019, 11 – 15 November 2019.

Celebrating its Silver Jubilee last year, for 25 years LACA has worked to promote school food and the work continues as it ‘showcases’ the benefits, values and nutritional value of a ‘modern day’ school lunch.

Neil Porter, LACA Chair of Events said: “I can’t believe NSMW has now been...


Charities ‘implore’ government to put school food on Ofsted menu

21/03/2019 06:03
Over 30 organisations, led by school food charity School Food Matters, are calling on Department for Education (DfE) to act on its ‘promise’ to prioritise children’s health and well-being by taking a look at how schools can support children to keep themselves healthy.

With  two weeks to go before Ofsted closes its consultation on the new inspection framework the report’s authors and supporters are urging schools, parents, governors and food charities to use the consultation to push Government to deliver on its ‘promise’ of a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme....


Sodexo wins catering contract for King’s School, Chester

14/03/2019 06:03
Independents by Sodexo has been awarded a five-year contract worth £4 million to manage catering services at The King’s School in Chester.

Taking over the service on 4 April, it will ‘offer a wide range of dishes with a focus on fresh, nutritious and seasonal food’.

Jeremy Alderton, managing director for Independents by Sodexo, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with The King’s School. We know that...


AiP wins first veggie and egg-free school meals contract

11/03/2019 06:03
School caterer, Alliance in Partnership (AiP), has won its first vegetarian and egg-free school meals contract at the multi-faith Nishkam High School (Birmingham).

Given it’s Sikh background, all menus at the multi-cultural school must be both vegetarian and egg-free, and include at least one traditional Sikh meal a week.

Having recently started the contract, AiP said it looked to Japanese, African, Greek and Italian cultures for inspiration, with...


SCOTY finalists appear on the One Show today

06/03/2019 05:03
All 12 of The Lead Association of Catering in Education’s (LACA) School Chef of the Year finalists will appear on The One Show today (Wednesday 6 March).

They will appear live on the hour-long show, a day before the final held at the Stratford Manor Hotel, representing school chefs from around the country.

Joined by Masterchef judges Greg Wallace and John Torode, they will be able to gather a few last minute tips before they cook for the...


Nine out of 10 child hospital tooth extractions preventable, data suggests

06/03/2019 01:03
Almost nine out of ten hospital tooth extractions among children aged 0 to 5 are due to preventable tooth decay, according to data from Public Health England (PHE).

Tooth decay, which could be prevented by cutting down on sugar and practicing good oral hygiene, can  cause problems with eating and sleeping,and results in at least 60,000 days being missed from school during the year for hospital extractions alone.

Dr Sandra White, dental lead for PHE,...



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