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Vivek Singh confirmed for keynote session at Commercial Kitchen 2017
19/05/2017 09:05
Commercial Kitchen 2017 has announced that the Cinnamon Collection’s executive chef and founder Vivek Singh will headline the ‘in conversation’ session with fellow chef Jay Morjaria.

The session will reveal exclusive insights into the inner workings of the kitchens and equipment used at the chef’s London restaurants.

Singh said: "Commercial Kitchen is an important trade event, as it shows chefs the latest innovations and possibilities for their kitchens. 


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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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Conservative Party pledges to end universal infant free school meals
18/05/2017 09:05
The Conservative Party manifesto is expected to announce its intention to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace the scheme with free school breakfasts. Its manifesto document will be formally launched later this morning.

The Times has reported that the change would save £650 million a year, which is currently spent on hot lunches for all five, six and seven year olds. Free school meals is expected to go untouched by the planned changes, which are due to be announced later this morning.

Both the Labour and...

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17/05/2017 08:05
Over 7,900 schools and nurseries representing 3.7 million children have registered to participate in the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week, from June 12th to June 16th.

The fifth annual Healthy Eating Week, which aims to increase the nation’s understanding of healthy eating, has the theme ‘applied learning’ to encourage school children to take ownership of their healthy by becoming school ‘ambassadors’ and motivating classmates.

Roy Ballam, managing...

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Child obesity Professor Neena Modi health
17/05/2017 07:05
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has thrown its weight behind the call for an end to advertising unhealthy foods before 9pm.

The RCPCH has published 'Child Health Matters - Vision for 2017' in which it sets out the key policy calls it would like all political parties to adopt, whatever the general election result on June 8th.

Professor Neena Modi, RCPCH president, says: "One in five 5-year-olds and one in three...

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Viva Weekly Win returns to boost school menus
15/05/2017 09:05
The Viva Weekly Win competition for the education sector has returned to reward pupils who drink Viva Flavoured Milk with the chance to win a Beats portable speaker.

Every school week until December 15th will see one pupil win a speaker in a weekly draw by entering Viva carton codes online.

Simon Muschamp, head of marketing at Pritchitts, said: “The biggest challenge facing schools is the pressure to provide healthier menu options that pupils will...

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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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Five finalists announced for McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition
11/05/2017 07:05
The five McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition finalists that will take part in a cook-off at Eckington Manor on May 25th have been announced.

Finalists will cook their recipes in front of a panel of industry expert judges for the chance to be crowned the winner of the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition 2017.

Jo Simmons, senior product and communications manager at McCain, said: “The One Pot Meal Competition is a great way...

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10/05/2017 09:05
ESPO, the public sector buying organisation, has launched its largest framework to help public sector organisations, including primary schools and NHS trusts, to buy consultancy services.

The framework, launched as funding cuts have resulted in a reduction of in-house procurement teams, includes the services of audit consultancy, general finance, health and social care and transport and logistics.

Sheena Kocherhans, category manager for professional services at ESPO, said...

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