LACA Finishing Touches 2017

Finishing Touches winning entry

Leanne Oliver-Pulford wins LACA’s Finishing Touches school chef competition

School chef Leanne Oliver-Pulford’s decorated novelty cake not only won that category, but was named overall winner of LACA’s Finishing Touches salon culinaire competition.

The Hampshire County Council Catering Services (H3CS) employee triumphed when judges led by Steve Munkley from the Craft Guild of Chefs looked over entries during LACA’s Main Event annual conference and exhibition from July 5-7.

Now in its 10th year, the competition is aimed at all levels of staff employed in any aspect of education catering capable of producing excellent craft pieces.

It provides school chefs the opportunity to show off skills which would not normally be seen during their everyday professional life.

All pictures from the 2017 competition can be viewed here.

The full list of 'Best in Class' winners from this year’s competition was:

Apple Pie/Tart                 

Jacqueline-Dawn Bains, Lancashire County Council


Gareth Humphreys, Vale Catering Services

Cake for Special Diets        

Steve Fowell, Mendip Green School

Chocolate Truffles        

Paula Heslop, Taylor Shaw

Covered Sponge                 

Dalila Christopher, Chartwells

Cup Cakes                          

Elena Day, Caterlink

Decoration Celebration Cake                 

Justine Tolhurst, Caterlink

Decorated Novelty Cake

Leanne Oliver-Pulford, H3CS

Floral Sugarcraft                 

Ian Butler, Chartwells

Fruit Tarts                          

Cathryn Wilson, Taylor Shaw

Petits Four                          

Lynda Walker, Taylor Shaw

Tray Bake                          

Claire Robson, Taylor Shaw