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18/01/2019 06:01
Havering Council is further developing its healthy eating app, Veggie Run, with the help of its new partnership with Stubbers Adventure Centre (Upminster).

Offering activities such as archery, climbing, bush craft and woodland construction, the centre aims to develop children’s independence, confidence and problem solving skills outside of the classroom.

As such, Havering Council and Stubbers Adventure Centre have launched a competition for...

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17/01/2019 11:01
The winner of the North East & Scotland final of LACA’s School Chef of the Year sponsored by McDougalls was unveiled as Karen Cuthbertson from Edinburgh.

Employed by Inspire Catering and based at The Mary Esrkine School in Edinburgh, she had 90 minutes to prepare four portions of a main course and a dessert suitable for serving to 11 year olds in school.

Her main was a marinated chicken with Mediterranean veg and basil sponge, and the...

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17/01/2019 10:01
Matt Betts, employed by BMBC Schools Catering Service in Barnsley was announced as the Yorkshire and Humber regional School Chef of the Year sponsored by McDougalls winner yesterday (16 January).

He had 90 minutes to prepare four portions of a main course and a dessert suitable for serving to 11 year olds in school. 

His two winning dishes were: Matt's Marvellous Mackerel Tacos - battered mackerel strips, tomato, pepper and onion concasse on iceberg lettuce and tortilla, basmati...

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16/01/2019 09:01
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has published its ‘Guide to Decommissioned Catering Equipment’ to stop the industry throwing away ‘tens of thousands’ of working appliances each year.

Offering insight into the issue and best practice for reusing second hand appliances, CESA said the main reason for the industry’s ‘scrap it’ mentality is lack of knowledge about other options available.

While many organisations do recycle, CESA believes this should be the ‘last resort...

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16/01/2019 06:01
Sharon Hodgson - chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for school food, and MP for Washington and Sunderland West - visited a local primary school this month to sample Sodexo’s new school meals offer.

Based on pupil-led insight and market research, hospitality provider Sodexo’s ‘Food & Co’ range claims to be a ‘new approach’ to school catering, which

Hodgson saw first hand at Ridgeway Primary Academy (South Shields) when she visited last week (11 January).

Having started its...

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15/01/2019 06:01
Pupils from Stainton C of E Primary School (Cumbria) will help launch the 2019 World Marmalade Awards this week (17 January), when they sing the ‘Marmalade Song’ at the Embassy of Japan (London) alongside ambassador Koji Tsuruoka.

Marking the 14th annual awards, Stainton School has long been an ‘integral part’ of the festival (which takes place in Cumbria) by opening the ceremony singing each year.

Designed to recognise ‘quality’ homemade marmalade and continue the tradition of preserving, growing and widening ‘one...

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PHE Change4Life sugar smart
14/01/2019 13:01
Following the Public Health England (PHE) revelation earlier in January that, by the age of ten, many children have exceeded the maximum recommended sugar limit for someone eight years older, Change4Life is offering dedicated English and Maths resources to support teachers in promoting healthier habits.

While children’s sugar intakes have declined slightly in recent years, they are still consuming around eight extra sugar cubes each day, equivalent to around 2,800 excess sugar cubes per year.

Now PHE has developed dedicated English and Maths teaching resources for primary schools across...

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Food for Life Jamie Oliver healthy rating scheme schools
14/01/2019 11:01
Food for Life is joining Jamie Oliver in campaigning for the introduction of a healthy rating scheme in schools. In a recent episode of Jamie and Jimmie’s Friday Night Dinner, the pair visited a primary school in East London to see the inspiring work done to help keep pupils healthy. But with National Obesity Awareness Week upon us, this is a timely reminder that although there are caterers making real food for kids a priority, there is still work to be done to give the next generation a chance at forming healthy lifestyle habits.

School food has been transformed over the last decade. The era of the turkey twizzler may be behind us, but the past ten years have seen a sharp increase in the availability of highly processed foods, and this has resulted in a generation of severely overweight kids. Today, obesity levels in the...

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14/01/2019 06:01
To help consumers maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has today (14 January) launched a guide on portion sizes, entitled: ‘Find Your Balance’.

Offering advice on which foods to eat, how often and in what quantities, the three, free resources have been compiled by BNF nutrition scientists and are designed to ‘complement’ the government’s ‘Eatwell Guide.’

As such, ‘simple, easy-to-use’ symbols help consumers estimate how much of...

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11/01/2019 10:01
The School Chef of the Year sponsored by McDougalls West Midlands winner was revealed as Tanya Malone, employed by Educaterers.

Based at Rugby Free Secondary School in Warwickshire, she will now go on to compete against nine other regional champions in the National Final on 7 March in Stratford Upon Avon. 

Her winning main was a twist of fish, a fish crumble with spaghetti potato and courgette and carrot puree ....

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