Public Health England childhood obesity strategy Duncan Selbie
18/08/2017 07:08
One year on from the launch of the world leading childhood obesity plan, Public Health England (PHE) has been asked by government to tackle excess calorie consumption by children.

PHE will now consider the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and set the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said that ready meals, pizzas, burgers, savoury snacks...

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Izzi Seccombe Local Government Association childhood obesity
16/08/2017 10:08
A 14% rise in the number of children and teenagers being treated for Type 2 diabetes has prompted the Local Government Association (LGA) to describe the situation as a ‘hugely disturbing trend’.

“This is an important reminder of one of the biggest public health challenges the country faces, ahead of the first anniversary of the publication of the Government’s childhood obesity plan,” says Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board.

“This emphasises the urgency of...

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24/07/2017 12:07
Following a successful launch last year, the UK’s National Happiness Awards return in 2017 and schools and their teams – including caterers - are being encouraged to enter.

Sponsored by staff development consultancy Laughology, the awards offer £5,000 worth of prizes across seven different categories.

There are three specifically school-based awards – Happiest School, Happiest School Employee, and Happiest Pupil.

In addition, there are four workplace...

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Any Kemp Bidfood University of West London
24/07/2017 10:07
Andy Kemp, Bidfood's director of sales and marketing, is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of West London for his services to the hospitality industry. The ceremony takes place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow (July 25th).

Kemp, who started his career with TrustHouseForte in 1981, joined the Bidvest Group in 2000 where he has been responsible for driving 'significant growth' across the UK foodservice portfolio.

He has longstanding involvement with the industry's two main charities - Springboard and...

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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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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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LACA Main Event 2017 logo
17/07/2017 15:07
LACA’s Main Event (5th - 7th July 2017) 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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LACA Finishing Touches decorated novelty cake winner
13/07/2017 10:07
School chef Leanne Oliver-Pulford’s decorated novelty cake not only won that category, but was named overall winner of LACA’s Finishing Touches salon culinaire competition.

The Hampshire County Council Catering Services (H3CS) employee triumphed when judges led by Steve Munkley from the Craft Guild of Chefs looked over entries during LACA’s Main Event annual conference and exhibition from July 5-7.

Now in its 10th year, the competition is aimed at all levels...

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07/07/2017 15:07
A group of pupils from Chapter House Preparatory School in York were crowned McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year at this year’s LACA: The Main Event on 6 July.

The students won the prestigious accolade thanks to their ‘Queen Ethelburga’s Mess’ creation, a recipe which included fresh strawberries, garden mints and locally sourced eggs which met the local produce theme of the competition.

Cooking in front of a live audience, nine-year olds Lara...

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LACA Awards for Excellence 2017 winners
07/07/2017 00:07
The Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) unveiled its 2017 Awards for Excellence winners on 6 July at a gala dinner during its Main Event conference and exhibition at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Sally Shadrack, chair of LACA, hosted the annual awards night at which 13 winners were honoured for their efforts and achievements in the world of school meals provision.

Judith Gregory, senior client officer with Cardiff Council had a double reason to celebrate, picking up the Roger...

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