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LACA
11/02/2019 16:02
MasterChef: The Professionals is calling for schools chef ‘with the talent and ambition’ to take part in its 12th series.

To apply, you need to be aged 20 or above my May 1 2019, a resident of the UK (including Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands) and worked for at least two years as a chef in a professional kitchen and/or have the necessary NVQ qualifications.

For the full rules, visit:  ...

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LACA
11/02/2019 06:02
School meals provider and social enterprise, Local Food Links (LFL) has won the Federation of Small Businesses Scale Up Business of the Year award in the South West and will now go on to compete in the national finals in May.

It said that the ‘entire firm is feeling very proud’.

LFL has opened a new hub kitchen in Weymouth and has been supplying 15 additional schools from September 2018, taking the total number of schools it works with up to 50. 

LFL predicted that it will serve 1,534,000 meals in the...

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LACA
08/02/2019 10:02
The LACA Spring Seminar programme has been released and includes an update on the implications of Brexit on school meals.

In addition, it will include an update on LACA’s Host a School Chef programme by Nigel Argyle from Elygra Marketing and a presentation on the potential changes to the School Food Standards.

Before lunch, there will also be an interview with the new LACA School Chef of the Year by School...

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LACA
08/02/2019 06:02
Rotherham Council’s Riverside Catering, which supplies meals for 66 primary schools across the borough, has achieved Bronze Certification under the Food for Life Served Here Award.

Food for Life Served Here provides independent endorsement that Riverside Catering is meeting the school food standards by serving food prepared from fresh, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

A presentation took place at Anston Hillcrest School on Friday 25 January, when the...

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Industry
07/02/2019 06:02
Celebrating the ‘unsung heroes’ in public sector catering, entry for the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2019 closes 18 February.

Entries must be submitted online via http://bbc.co.uk/foodawards before midnight.

The annual awards recognise the “hardest working people” in the food industry – be it a school, prison, hospital or volunteer chef – and shine the light on those...

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LACA
LACA School Chef of the Year 2019 finalists McDougalls
06/02/2019 14:02
The 2019 national finalists in LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2019 competition, sponsored by McDougalls, came face to face for the first time in St Albans on February 5 for a pre-final briefing at Premier Foods' UK head office.

They will next meet up on March 7th in Stratford upon Avon for the final which will decide who is the 2019 winner.

They are (back row, left to right): Tanya Malone (West Midlands); Cheryl Humphries (Cranbrook, Kent); Josefine Austin (South East); Dave Leeper (South West); Matt Betts (...

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Industry
06/02/2019 06:02
School caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) challenged GCSE pupils at The Cottesloe School (Leighton Buzzard), to design the new branding for its on-site catering cabin.

Teaching students about marketing and branding, the competition formed part of their GCSE Business Studies course and provided insight into how AiP brands its primary, secondary and sixth form school contracts.

The lesson also taught the 80 16-year-olds how consumers understand logos,...

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Soil Association foodservice organic report
06/02/2019 06:02
Sales of organic food and drink to caterers grew almost 8% to £90.9 million in the UK in 2018, according to the Soil Association Certification’s Organic Market Report.

It reports that this growth was achieved despite public spending cuts and has been attributed in part to continued interest in Soil Association’s Food For Life scheme.

The UK’s overall organic market is now worth £2.33bn after a 5.3% growth in sales in 2018, well ahead of the non-organic...

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Industry
01/02/2019 09:02
Schools will be able to be “flexible” in what dinners they serve children in England if there are food shortages because of Brexit, the government has said.

A no-deal technical notice issued by the Department for Education (DFE) explained that the government would not be able to guarantee the supply chain of any food that comes in from the continent because of the prospect of checks in places such as Calais and Dunkirk.

However, it added: “...

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