LACA members invited to FCSI Education Day
09/06/2017 14:06
The Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) has invited LACA members to attend its Education Day on June 20th at the University of London.

The day will cover topics such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, new regulations and sustainability. Speakers include Restaurant Associates, Frima and Brita Water.

The FCSI Education Day takes place at Senate House, University of London on June 20th and for further information please...

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LACA announces Awards for Excellence 2017 shortlist
06/06/2017 15:06
The shortlist for the LACA Awards for Excellence 2017 has been announced. Winners will be revealed at the LACA Main Event Gala Dinner, which will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on July 6th.

The shortlisted nominees are:

LACA Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Premier Foods
Julie Gildart, Oldham Academy North
Tony Mulgrew, Ravenscliffe High School
Larissa Wells, Villa Real School, Taylor Shaw

LACA Catering Business of the Year,...

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Wolfenbuttel pays tribute to Manchester victims on SCOTY visit
31/05/2017 12:05
The town of Wolfenbuttel, Germany paid tribute to those who were injured and lost their lives at last week's Manchester bombing by flying black runners with the town hall’s German flag as LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2017 visited the area.

Tracy Healy, from Ravensthorpe Juniors, Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, noticed the tribute during her visit to the German town as part of her prize for winning the School Chef of the Year 2017 competition.

Stuart Long, MKN UK’s sales & marketing director and SCOTY visit host, has passed...

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30/05/2017 09:05
The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to scrap free school lunches and replace them with breakfast, could result in over 16,800 catering job losses, according to industry experts.

The Daily Mirror reported a warning from experts that 21% of the 80,000 school catering workforce may lose their jobs is the Conservative Party scrapped free school meals for pupils between five and seven-years-old.

The results come after the Leading Association of Catering in Education (...

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School Food Plan Alliance
24/05/2017 09:05
The School Food Plan Alliance, a collaboration of over 20 organisations supporting schools to improve their school meals, is urging the Conservative Party not to abolish Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) if it wins the General Election on June 8th.

Instead, they want the party to recommit to supporting the School Food Plan and the recent Childhood Obesity Plan.

Linda Cregan and Jeanette Orrey, co-chairs of the Alliance, say they see no sense in the policy U-turn.

Cregan said: “We all understand Government budgets come under...

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UIFSM Sally Shadrack survey scrap impact LACA
24/05/2017 09:05
Conservative Party manifesto plans to scrap free school meals for all primary school children up to the age of seven have prompted the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) to contact members for a survey on the likely impact.

The survey has been sent out, with responses due back today (Wednesday, May 24th) and a preliminary assessment of the potential impact of scrapping universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) available by the end of the week.

Local authorities, schools and contract caterers are being asked...

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Doncaster Schools Catering hosts eighth annual awards
19/05/2017 15:05
Doncaster Schools Catering hosted its eighth annual awards at Doncaster College on May 17th.

The awards were attended by 200 staff and were presented by mayor Ros Jones, director Peter Dale and the catering company’s suppliers.

The winners on the night were: 
Students of the Year
Work based student - Nicola Kececi from Askern Moss Road

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Scrapping school meals is an ‘ill thought out reversal’ – LACA chair
18/05/2017 15:05
The Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) chair, Sally Shadrack, has criticised the Conservative Party’s announcement to replace universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) with a new breakfast scheme as an ‘ill thought out reversal’.

The Conservatives made the pledge to end the scheme this morning at the launch of its manifesto and replace it with a free school breakfast initiative to increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022.

LACA stated that the scheme, which when piloted by the government was found...

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LACA chair outlines manifesto hopes
12/05/2017 11:05
Sally Shadrack, chair of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA), has outlined what the association wants to see from the party manifestos in the run up to the general election. Read her full comments below.

On June 8th the country will go to the polls for the third time in two years after the Prime Minister shocked much of the country by calling for a snap General Election. This election has so far been framed as a ‘Brexit’ election, but domestic issues such as health and education will still be...

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LACA’s #cookeditmyselfie winner presented with new school equipment
11/05/2017 12:05
Tony Mulgrew, the chef at Ravenscliffe High School in Halifax, won the #cookeditmyselfie competition organised by the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) as part of the 2016 National School Meals Week celebrations.

The competition saw LACA ask for tweets showing the best examples of school meals and offered a prize of £500’s worth of marketing resources or equipment for the winning entrant. A custom built waste station was chosen as the school’s prize.

The winning entrant, Tony Mulgrew, said: “I was...

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