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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...

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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...

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LACA
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...

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LACA
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...

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LACA
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...

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LACA
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....

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LACA
18/03/2019 09:03
LACA’s Host a School Chef scheme, sponsored by Alaska Seafoods, kicked off its 2019 programme with two school chefs visiting the 5-star Chester Grosvenor.

The school chefs, Julia and Sally, from Edsential, the Community Interest Company founded by Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral Councils, spent the day with Chester Grosvenor’s executive chef, Simon Radley.

The Grosvenor has held a Michelin Star unbroken since 1990 and Julia and Sally...

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LACA
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...

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LACA
13/03/2019 09:03
Empire Dogs has announced that it has become a LACA partner.

It said: “We are honoured and we look forward to working closely with LACA and their members in the year ahead.

LACA’s mission statement is to set high standards in Education Catering and to be the lead consultative body to the Government on all aspects of school food and in delivering...

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LACA national seminar march 2019 delegates
12/03/2019 14:03
The idea that the standards governing the nutritional integrity of school meals might be eased has received short shrift from LACA, writes David Foad.

Speaking at the association’s Spring Seminar on March 8th at the Stratford Manor Hotel, chair Michael Hales told delegates: “The suggestion from Government that Brexit-related food shortages and costs could be tackled by relaxing school food standards is, I think, unacceptable.”

He was...

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