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Danny Gill working with the students at his Pop-ups for Schools event
31/07/2017 07:07
Great British Menu star Danny Gill and his sous chef, Will Hodson, are encouraging children into the catering industry by running pop-up kitchen restaurants across UK schools.

In response to the industry’s skills shortage, the two Lincolnshire-based Brown’s Pie Shop chefs were thinking of ways to bolster catering recruitment when “Will came up with the idea of a pop-up restaurant, in a school, where young children could get to prep with chefs, cook with chefs, be...

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26/07/2017 11:07
A new qualification that will help foodservice staff better understand allergen rules and employers comply with legislation has launched.

The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen and Control in Catering (RQF) is aimed at anyone involved in food preparation and service within the catering, hospitality and licensing sectors, and will give employees knowledge relating to the control of ingredients and allergies at all stages of...

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26/07/2017 09:07
School caterers are being urged to enter the Uncle Ben's Best Rice Dish Competition before the 1st August closing date.

Caterers have the chance to win a KitchenAid and six months’ supply of free rice. 

The ‘Uncle Ben’s Best Rice Dish’ competition invites school caterers to create a unique rice dish which should be designed to go onto their school menu during National Rice Week (18th - 24th September 2017...

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25/07/2017 10:07
Food bank operator The Trussell Trust has urged people to donate supplies to their local centres during the school holidays, with many families ‘close to crisis’ due to a lack of food.

The trust, which runs 420 food banks across the UK, told the BBC that many children risk going hungry over the six-week-long summer holidays as they struggle to cope with the loss of school meals.

It says that the demand for food supplies rose ‘significantly’ during the holidays last year...

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LACA
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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24/07/2017 10:07
Meat substitute company Quorn Foods has announced that its worldwide sales were up 19% in the first half of this year.

The ‘unprecedented results’ come with the news that the company will be investing £150 million in its Billingham factory in Durham over the next five years, which it says will create 300 jobs.

Quorn says that is benefiting from the rise of a ‘flexatarian diet’ that sees people switch from...

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LACA
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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LACA
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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Industry
20/07/2017 11:07
Ingredients supplier G. Bruce & Co. Ltd, which trades as Brusco, has launched the UK’s first ready-made soft-boiled eggs onto the market.

The eggs are supplied to industry in a pre-cooked form, with their shells ready lasered for ‘ease of opening’ and in ‘environmentally-friendly’ packaging.

Available as either barn laid or free range, the eggs are sourced from French farms and have been pasteurised to remove harmful...

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Industry
20/07/2017 09:07
The man who led the UK’s independent inquiry in 2013 into horse meat in the food chain, Professor Chris Elliott, has warned that food fraud must remain a top priority, ahead of a food industry conference later this year.

Elliott will tell delegates at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference at Doncaster Racecourse on 26 September that work still needs to be done to ensure there is no ‘horsegate’ scandal repeat.

It was at a 2015 conference that Elliott first suggested that up to 50...

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