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15/11/2017 12:11
Finalists for the Yorkshire and Humberside region have been announced as the race to be crowned LACA School Chef of the Year 2018 heats up.

The four finalists will compete at Doncaster College on 22 November in a bid to make it through to the national finals.

Each entrant is required to produce a healthy, balanced two-course meal comprising of a main course and dessert that would appeal to eleven-year-olds in school.  ...

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15/11/2017 07:11
Educaterers, a provider of school meals across Warwickshire, has created a new website showcasing its services.

The caterer, launched in September 2017 as a Local Authority Traded Company by Warwickshire County Council, has used the new platform to tell the story behind the sourcing of its ingredients.

Suppliers included in the 'food story' include UK Food Hall, Total Produce, Yeo Valley, Blakemore...

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14/11/2017 07:11
New example menus and recipes have been published by the Government to help early years providers plan “healthy and tasty meals for young children.”

The menus and accompanying resources published yesterday (November 13) set out the information for early years settings offering meals and snacks throughout the day.

The resources have been jointly developed by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Public Health...

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13/11/2017 07:11
New data reveals that the average female chef gets paid 14% less than her male counterpart – despite the “need to retain and promote women in the sector during the continued recruitment crisis.”

Of the hospitality staff registered with recruitment agency The Change Group in 2017, women chefs earn on average £3,598 less than male chefs, while female front-of-house staff earn 9% - £2,738 – less.

Founder and director of The Change Group, Craig Allen, said: “There is progress being...

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08/11/2017 09:11
Pupils from a number of primary schools in Bristol came back from the half term break to new menus and new salad carts as part of a makeover from specialist school meals provider, Alliance in Partnership (AiP).

AiP recently won the contract, worth in the region of half a million pounds, to supply meals to five schools in the city, collectively know as the ‘Bristol Cluster’.

The company has rolled out its primary school ‘Food Smart’ branding which it says is specifically tailored to the needs of...

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07/11/2017 10:11
Dairy specialist, Kerrymaid, has compiled a list of what it says are top tips for engaging children in the dining room and increasing school meal uptake.

The list was put together with the help of brand ambassador and industry expert, Jeanette Orrey (left), in support of this year’s LACA National School Meals Week which runs from 13-17 November.

Aine Melichar, Kerrymaid senior brand manager, said: “National School Meals Week is a great...

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07/11/2017 07:11
A showcase lunch last week (31 October) saw the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt “urge hospitality leaders to tap in to the huge pool of talent amongst people with disabilities.”

Hoping to demonstrate their food preparation and service skills, the lunch was prepared and served by young people with learning disabilities to the 110 guests, including chef Brian Turner, Lexington Catering, Arsenal Football Club and the Intercontinental Hotel Group

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30/10/2017 10:10
Pupils from a secondary school in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, have been crowned the winners of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 schools challenge thanks to their effective use of local and seasonal produce.

S2 students at St Ninians High School in the north of the city won the award as part of a two-week long initiative which encourages primary and secondary schools to champion Scottish produce.

During the Fortnight, which ran from 2-17 September, the pupils adapted a standard Home Economics...

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24/10/2017 11:10
The Department for Education has announced that funding of PE and sports provision in schools is being increased from £160m to £320m, as part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.

Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: “Investing in school facilities such as sports halls, playgrounds, kitchens and dining facilities will undoubtedly make a significant difference to children’s health across the country.

“The school environment is critical in shaping a healthy...

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17/10/2017 07:10
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of female chefs in the UK has grown by 34% over the past 12 months, despite the fact that less than one in four is still female.

In its analysis of the last five years of employment data, the Office of National Statistics found that the total number of chefs in the UK has risen by 11.3% in the last year, of which male chefs rose by 5.9% and women by 34% - making it the biggest single rise in the past five years.

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