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21/07/2017 14:07
Dawn Twemlow, head cook at Intake Primary School, Sheffield, lifted the 2017 Big School Bake Off trophy at the LACA Main Event on 6 July.

The final took place in front of a live audience at Birmingham NEC and saw Twemlow beat of the competition of eight other school cooks to take home the trophy.

“After missing out on a finalist place in 2016, I was determined to make it this year. But I never thought I’d win. I’m so happy...

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20/07/2017 11:07
Ingredients supplier G. Bruce & Co. Ltd, which trades as Brusco, has launched the UK’s first ready-made soft-boiled eggs onto the market.

The eggs are supplied to industry in a pre-cooked form, with their shells ready lasered for ‘ease of opening’ and in ‘environmentally-friendly’ packaging.

Available as either barn laid or free range, the eggs are sourced from French farms and have been pasteurised to remove harmful...

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20/07/2017 09:07
The man who led the UK’s independent inquiry in 2013 into horse meat in the food chain, Professor Chris Elliott, has warned that food fraud must remain a top priority, ahead of a food industry conference later this year.

Elliott will tell delegates at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference at Doncaster Racecourse on 26 September that work still needs to be done to ensure there is no ‘horsegate’ scandal repeat.

It was at a 2015 conference that Elliott first suggested that up to 50...

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19/07/2017 12:07
Representatives from 26 bodies from the UK food and drink supply chain have come together and outlined their priorities for Brexit negotiations in a letter to government. Here is the letter in full-

We write on behalf of the many thousands of businesses, large and small, responsible for producing, packaging, distributing, serving and selling food and drink. Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and the largest employer in the service sector.
Between us we...

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19/07/2017 09:07
In what has been described as a ‘miraculous recovery’, North Sea cod can now be sold through Marine Stewardship Council supply chains, almost ten years after stocks came close to collapse.

North Sea cod passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s ‘strict standard’, and acquired the MSC blue tick label meaning-subject to strict traceability requirements- the fish can be bought by certified restaurants and fish and chips shop.

Stocks of North Sea cod fell to 44,000...

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17/07/2017 16:07
LACA chair of events, Neil Porter, has announced the route that the National School Meals Week 2017 ‘Powered by School Meals’ Marathon will take between 13 and 17 November.

The marathon is set to stop in all ten LACA regions, starting in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and ending in LACA’s West Midlands territory as the NSMW team arrive for the LACA Autumn National Seminar in Kenilworth.

“After consultation with the LACA regional chairs, I am delighted to confirm...

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17/07/2017 15:07
LACA’s Main Event wound up with an expressed commitment by the leadership to embed universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) into the nation’s school food structure, and to pursue research into a full evaluation of the programme.

National Chair Sally Shadrack said: “We need to ensure we research this over a number of years and carry out a proper evaluation. This work would cost only about 1% of the £600m the Government is spending on the scheme.”

National Vice Chair Tim Blowers agreed: “Evaluation will be key to...

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17/07/2017 10:07
Unilever Food Solutions has published a new guide offering authentic tastes of the USA, Canada and Mexico, which it says can help chefs boost gross profits.

UFS say the guide, called Hello World: The Americas, will help caterers boost volume and spend per head.

UFS culinary lead Alex Hall said: “From Red’s True BBQ to Wahaca, chains serving up authentic tastes from The Americas have been booming. And demand is only set to grow in 2017....

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14/07/2017 08:07
A scheme from the charity, School Food Matters recently gave pupils from 20 schools the chance to source, make and then market their own food products.

The students visited Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey last month to pick their own recipe supplies, which they then took back to their schools and used to make mango chutney.

Food retailer, Whole Foods Market, will soon give the children the chance to sell their products as part of the...

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14/07/2017 07:07
New data released this month indicates that the salaries of those working in kitchens went up substantially over the last year.

According to the latest report from specialist staffing company Blue Arrow, commis chefs have seen their wages rise by 16.8% from last year, from £16,554 per annum in 2016 to £17,773 in 2017.

Chefs de partie saw their wages go up 6.4% and sous chefs enjoyed a 4.4% pay rise.


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