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Bake Off winner visits primary school
03/02/2017 09:02
Jo Wheatley, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, visited Lordsgate Township Primary School yesterday for an interactive baking day.

Wheatley put on baking demonstration with pupils and held several sessions throughout the day with the school’s catering manager Sarah Levenson as part of her prize for winning Unilever’s Big School Bake Off 2016 in September.

Mellors Catering Services marketing manager, Helen Roughley,...

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Commercial Kitchen 2017 opens visitor registration
03/02/2017 08:02
Visitor registration has opened for Commercial Kitchen 2017, which will host 2,000 catering equipment buyers, distributors and consultants from across the foodservice industry.

Taking place in June at the NEC in Birmingham, 100 exhibitors will showcase cooking equipment, refrigeration, ventilation and storage.

The show also features a two day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards and the CEDA Design Gallery.

Commercial Kitchen takes place on...

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Industry
Green Gourmet launches new website
02/02/2017 15:02
Foodservice supplier Green Gourmet has launched a new website that makes it easier for users to find specific products or topics.

The new look site organises products by brand and provides the user with detailed information for each, including certifications.

Green Gourmet’s website, which is mobile-friendly for users on the go, also offers recipe ideas, ‘how to makes’ and industry news. 

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Industry
McCain Foods wants you to share your best chef hack
31/01/2017 10:01
McCain Foods is asking chefs to share their best chef hack as part of a campaign to highlight the operational benefits of using the McCain Chef Solutions Range.

Katrina Ellis, McCain Foods product manager, said: “All chefs have their own little hacks, their unique way of doing something in the kitchen, that they rely on to save time, money, reduce waste or add consistency.

“The McCain Chef Solutions Range is a great hack for lots of chefs and we’...

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Industry
ParentPay and Schoolcomms merge
30/01/2017 14:01
A deal to merge school payments services ParentPay and Schoolcomms, a parent engagement software for schools, has been agreed.

Together, ParentPay and Schoolcomms will employ more than 170 people serving over 8,000 schools in more than 190 Local Authorities across the UK. They will provide services to more than three million parents.

Clint Wilson, chief executive of ParentPay, said: “The deal will allow both...

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Industry
Flexible working top perk for hospitality workers
30/01/2017 09:01
Research from independent job site CV Library has revealed how important workplace perks are to hospitality workers with 70% of professionals stating that they consider perks to be a key factor when looking for a job.

Flexible working (50%) came out on top of the survey followed by seasonal bonuses (33%) and staff discounts (29%). Extra holiday, casual dress code and free office snacks and drink also featured in the top ten.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, said: “It’s...

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Industry
Tesco Booker merger Charles Wilson chief executive
27/01/2017 09:01
The boards of Tesco PLC, the UK's leading food retailer, and Booker Group plc, the UK's leading food wholesaler, have agreed the terms of a recommended share and cash merger to create the country’s leading food business.

It is expected to become effective in late 2017 or early 2018, subject to the agreement of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

On completion of the merger, which markets value at £3.7bn, Charles Wilson, Booker's chief executive and Stewart Gilliland, chairman, will join the...

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LACA
SCOTY 2017 finalists confirmed
26/01/2017 11:01
The ten-strong line-up for the final of the School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) 2017 has been confirmed with the completion of the regional finals that took place throughout January.

They will now prepare to do battle in the kitchen in the final at Stratford upon Avon College on March 2nd.
 
Organised by LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education), SCOTY is sponsored by Maggi from Nestlé Professional, and has whittled down more than 100 original entries to...

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Industry
TUCO launches first Chinese cookbook
25/01/2017 07:01
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has launched its first Chinese cookbook to enable chefs to create authentic Chinese cuisine and compete with the high street.

The cookbook includes authentic recipes from across China and focuses on regional offerings from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong as well as insight from catering operators at Chinese universities.

TUCO produced the book based on learnings from its study tour to the country....

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Industry
Funding secured in Derbyshire for new holiday hunger project
24/01/2017 07:01
Derbyshire County Council has given the green light to a new holiday hunger programme in Barrow Hill as part of a £2.3 million funding round to support local communities.

The council will provide £8,222 to provide a holiday hunger programme and additional activities aimed at children and parents.

The project will provide a breakfast and cold packed lunch to vulnerable children and provide activities such as games, reading clubs and outdoor pursuits. ...

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