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Finishing Touches

18 Apr 2019
Finishing Touches is a culinary salon organised by LACA in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Now in its 16th year the competition is aimed at all levels of staff employed in any aspect of education catering capable of producing excellent craft pieces. It provides entrants with the opportunity to show off their skills which would not normally be seen during their everyday profession.

The Finishing Touches Display Salon will be part of the LACA School Food Show, running alongside LACA Main Event on Thursday 4th July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. 


Your chance to win up to £350!

  • Best in Class winner will receive £100 - there are 12 classes to enter!
  • Best in Show winner will receive a further £250

It is easy to take part:

  1. Download the entry criteria, rules and guidelines
  2. Select the class (or classes) you would like to enter and register to take part before Friday 31 May 2024.
  3. Confirmation of your entry and candidate number will be sent to you (early June).
  4. Get creative! Prepare your entry (or entries) ahead of the Main Event taking place 4th July 2024.
  5. Bring your entry to the Main Event on 6th July for judging by the Craft Guild of Chefs.
  6. Best in class winners are announced in the afternoon - with prizes of £100 to be won in each class!
  7. Overall best in show winner will win a prize of £250!

Good luck! 🤞


The full list of classes are:

  • 50% Fruit Dessert
  • Biscuits   
  • Cake Suitable for Special Diet  
  • Cheesecake
  • Cupcakes  
  • Decorated Celebration Cake  
  • Decorated Novelty Cake       
  • Filled and/or Covered Sponge, Gateau or Cake  
  • Floral Sugarcraft Display Piece  
  • Individual Fruit Tarts  
  • Tray Bake
  • Vegetarian Quiche

Register for your free ticket to the LACA School Food Show to see the entries on display.

If you have any questions, please call 0845 108 5504 and one of the team will be able to help you.

Sponsored by McDougalls:

"We are extremely excited and proud to sponsor the LACA Finishing Touches culinary competition, which has such a credible reputation within the industry. It is a great opportunity for school chefs to showcase their passion, drive and phenomenal pastry skills first hand. Now in its 15th year, we are looking forward to seeing the outstanding entries across all categories which are
open to all levels of staff employed across the education channel.  Our McDougalls Flour, Flour Based Mixes and Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder offer an easy-to-use base for a range of sweet and savoury recipes from cakes and cupcakes to cheesecake and tarts – perfect for the categories open for entry for this year’s showcase.

We are looking forward to being part of the judging panel and seeing the culinary talent that the education sector has on offer, best of luck to all entrants!"

Sarah Robb, Premier Foods

To view images of the 2023 entries click here