Date set for National School Meals Week 2017
10/04/2017 15:04
LACA has announced that National School Meals Week will take place from November 13th – 17th this year.

The event is historically held in the first week of November, but has been moved this year because of difficulty in pinpointing when schools and local authorities are holding half term. The move aims to provide the opportunity for as many of its members as possible to participate.


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06/04/2017 10:04
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, and Angela Rayner, the shadow secretary of state for education, has announced that the next Labour government will commit to providing free school meals for all primary school students.

At the launch event in Lancashire today (April 6), Corbyn will say: “No child in the UK should go hungry at school. By charging VAT on private school fees, Labour will make sure all primary school children, no matter what their background, get a healthy meal at school.”

Corbyn suggests...

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LACA national chair Sue Kilbey
29/03/2017 15:03
Sue Kilbey, who was national chair of LACA from 2002-2003, died on March 24th following a long illness. Neil Porter, the South West LACA regional board member, where Sue was a regional chair for a number of years, said: “We would like to acknowledge her support for LACA from both a national and regional point of view. She will be sorely missed.”

Sue’s work for LACA came in addition to her day job as head of service for Somerset Catering Services, the county school meals provider.

When she took over as national chair she said: “Networking is why many people join LACA, to share problems and exchange advice.

“I want to...

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South West LACA Awards recognise excellence
28/03/2017 14:03
The second annual South West LACA gala dinner and awards took place at the Woodbury Golf and Country Club near Exeter earlier this month.

A catering exhibition and regional AGM took place earlier in the day on the 17th before the awards. Regional chair Brad Pearce presented the awards on the night with various sponsors.

The winners were:

Primary School Catering Team of the Year Award

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Poor lunchbox standards ‘all too common’ – LACA chair
28/03/2017 10:03
Lunchboxes filled with chocolate, crisps and cold fast food are damaging to children’s health and education, according to the chair of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA), Sally Shadrack.

The LACA chair made the comments following a report on the Daily Mail that exposed some of the lunches children are sent to school with by a headteacher in Kent.

Jon Carthy, headtacher at Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, revealed on the Daily Mail that the school has produced...

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Wexiodisk announces sponsorship of LACA South West Regional Awards Gala
03/03/2017 15:03
Warewashing company Wexiodisk will sponsor the Catering Business of the Year Award at the LACA South West Regional Awards Gala, which takes place on March 17th.

John Shepherd, UK & Ireland country manager for Wexiödisk, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting such a great event, with both the award sponsorship and exhibition stand, as it recognises the hard work and dedication of the school catering staff from across the region.

“Wexiodisk is...

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Tracy Healy wins School Chef of the Year 2017
03/03/2017 08:03
Tracy Healy, a school cook at Ravensthorpe Junior School in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire has been named School Chef of the Year 2017 after winning the final of the competition against nine other regional winners yesterday (March 2nd).

Her main course of lamb kofte and cherry tomato skewers followed by a dessert of rhubarb and ginger fool was good enough to convince judges she deserved the title at a cook-off in Stratford, Warwickshire.

Tracy, who works for Kirklees Council School Meals Cateriing Service, took her place...

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Farnborough school selected for LACA and FCSI makeover
21/02/2017 14:02
Wavell School in Farnborough, Hampshire, will benefit from a full review and makeover of their catering facilities thanks to a partnership between LACA and the FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International).

Over the coming months LACA and the FCSI will make a number of visits to the school, identifying work that needs to be done and areas to improve on. LACA and the FCSI will then implement those changes and measure the results both statistically and anecdotally amongst the stakeholders (pupils,...

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Countdown to LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2017 national final
13/02/2017 14:02
The ten school chefs who will compete on March 2nd for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2017 national title are now known.

The competition, which is sponsored by MAGGI from Nestle Professional, has been organised by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) for over two decades. It aims to showcase the professional skills of school chefs and is the flagship event for them to do so.

The final will...

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Y&H Spring Seminar – Are you on board?
10/02/2017 11:02
The Yorkshire & Humberside Spring Seminar will take place on March 15th on the Pride of Rotterdam Ferry.

Speakers will include: Catering Mark manager, Caron Longdon; director of marketing, communities & legacy, Phil Batty; and national chair Sally Shadrack.

Boarding is at 9.15am and attendees will return to shore at 3pm. For more info on how to book your attendance, visit the...

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