01/05/2019 09:05
Leeds has become the first city in the UK to report a drop in childhood obesity after introducing a programme to help parents set boundaries for their children and say no to sweets and junk food, the Guardian has reported.

Only a few cities in the world, such as Amsterdam, have managed to cut child obesity. Like Amsterdam, the decline in Leeds is most marked among families living in the most deprived areas, where the problem is worst and hardest to tackle.

“The improvement in the most deprived children in...

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29/04/2019 12:04
The deadline for the LACA Awards for Excellence has been extended until Friday 3 May 2019.

The LACA Awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering.  

There are 11 award categories open for nominations:

  • LACA Apprentice/Trainee Award
  • LACA Catering Business of the Year Award
  • LACA
  • ...
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23/04/2019 09:04
Nominations for the LACA Awards for Excellence close this Friday (26 April) at 12 Noon.

The awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering.

LACA believes that good management, strong performances and high achievements deserve to be recognised and acknowledgement of effort is important to both reward and sustain...

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Michael Hales LACA universal infant free school meals Islington
10/04/2019 11:04
Commenting on Islington London Borough Council’s recent report on Universal Free School Meals (UFSM), chair of LACA Michael Hales has voiced his support.

He said: “LACA has long called for UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) to be expanded to all primary school children and the Islington Council report highlights why.

“As demonstrated in their report (Universal Free School Meals) UFSM has increased take-up of school meals,...

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09/04/2019 08:04
Chef Rick Stein has worked with Local Food Links (LFL) school chef, Dan Staple, who took a day off from cooking school food in LFL’s Bridport kitchen for Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant.

The opportunity came as part of LACA’s (Lead Association for Catering in Education) ‘Host a School Chef’ initiative.

The initiative is sponsored by Alaska Seafood UK, an organisation which encourages children to eat more healthy, nutritious fish. 

The promotion offers school chefs...

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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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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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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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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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