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LACA Awards for Excellence 2016 nominees revealed

The shortlist of entries for the LACA Awards for Excellence 2016 is now available. Winners will be announced at the LACA Awards Dinner on Thursday 7th July, part of the LACA Main Event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The nominees are:

LACA Catering Business of the Year, sponsored by Hobart
Catered Ltd, Plymouth City Council
Contract Dining Company
Nottingham City Council

LACA Specialist Caterer/Catering Team of the Year, sponsored by Premier Foods
This award will be announced at the Gala Dinner

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Doncaster school chefs take awards home

| Yorkshire and Humberside region

Two Cooks in Charge took home accolades at the Doncaster Free Press Community awards last week.

The awards, held at the KeepMoat stadium, went to Mandi Phillips and Rachel Bradley who were both nominated in the Healthy Eating Initiative Category.

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#StomachThis conference to discuss UK food poverty

A conference aiming to shine a light on the ‘unravelling reality’ of food poverty in the UK is set to take place next month in Liverpool.

#StomachThis 2nd Bite will take place on 28th June 2016 in Liverpool bringing together influencers from the political, business and charity sectors to discuss the problems, actions and potential solutions surrounding hunger and call on the government to do more to tackle the problem.

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Oldham Council wins BOOM award for school meals

| North West Region

Oldham Council has been awarded a BOOM (Best of Organic Market) Award thanks to the high quality meals being served in schools across the borough.

The Education Catering service was among more than 500 organisations that entered the awards, which are organised by the Soil Association.

The council’s team picked up first place in the new Corporate and Public Sector Catering category.

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HCL showcases catering talent at awards evening

| East of England Region

Herts Catering Ltd (HCL) showcased the talent of their staff at an awards evening attended by more than 200 people at the Hilton Hotel in Watford.

During the course of the evening 10 category awards were presented to people who had provided high quality services and showed initiative, innovation and creativity in their role. Long Service Awards were also presented during the evening.

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Food waste regulation wanted by 74% in TUCO survey

Research published by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has found that 74% of respondents want to see legislation in place to combat food waste in the UK education sector.

The study also found that 56% believe portions are too big and the same amount of people are unhappy with the way food waste is collected.

Chief operating officer Mike Haslin, said: “This study shows, for the first time, the true picture of the challenge the education sector faces in tackling food waste.

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LACA chair calls for holiday hunger funding applicants

Peter McGrath has written to LACA members calling for applicants as the next
stage of the LACA chair’s Holiday Hunger 100k challenge begins.

McGrath set himself a personal goal to run 10k across each of the LACA regions to raise awareness and funds for the holiday hunger/summer meals projects across the UK.

In the letter, he wrote: “The next stage of the process is to select Holiday Provision projects in each UK region to donate funding to and this is where I need your help.

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National School Meals Week will return to the House of Commons

The House of Commons Banqueting and Events Team has agreed to LACA’s request to hold an event in the Jubilee Room during National School Meals Week.

Scheduled for Wednesday 2nd November, a number of MPs and Peers will be invited to sample a selection of dishes that feature on school meals menus across the country.

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Final five chosen in McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition

Five finalists have been chosen to compete in a live “Masterchef” style cook off at Eckington Manor, Worcestershire this Thursday in the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition.

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New report contradicts and criticises Public Health England guidance

A new report from the National Obesity Forum in association with the Public Health Collaboration has called for an urgent overhaul in current dietary guidelines, which are blamed for driving the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Among the main findings from the report is the claim that eating fat does not make you fat and the recommendation to limit starchy and refined carbohydrates to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes.

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