The Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA), held their annual National School Meals Week (NSMW) this year between 13th – 17th November and have been delighted with the response and involvement of so many school caterers, schools parents and pupils.
Now in its 24th Year, LACA NSMW sponsored by Kraft Heinz Foodservice, goes from strength to strength and was a “Truly outstanding week and in my opinion was the best ever” said LACA Chair of Events Neil Porter.
During the busy week many activities took place including ‘Host a school chef’, 5 marathons in 5 days powered by school meals’ and ’National Roast Dinner Day’ but the one that best caught the imagination of school caterers across England and Wales was the “#cookeditmyselfie competition which encouraged school caterers to send in pictures of the food they prepare and serve daily. The online competition took place on Twitter @NSMW and hundreds of photos were sent in showing what modern day school food looks like, the standard of entries was terrific.
A judging panel, including last year’s winner, looked at every picture and Ysgol Dinas Bran was named as the winner. As well as the accolade of knowing the food they serve stood out as being the best showcase of school food, they also won £500.00’s worth of equipment or marketing support.
Porter continued “Over the years, we have seen NSMW grow in its importance and promote the professionalism and skill of school caterers, not to mention the nutritious and tasty food. This has been achieved in many ways, from holding high profile events such as serving school food to politicians in the House of Commons and the Welsh Assembly, serving school meals in the restaurant at the summit of Snowdon and school chefs working in Michelin Star restaurants as well as encouraging caterers to ‘shout out’ themselves about just how good they are. The #cookeditmyselfie initiative is the ideal platform for caterers to do this and I am delighted to have seen such enthusiasm and involvement from front line staff. The competition was tough and Ysgol Dinas Bran and indeed all caterers across Denbighshire should be very proud of coming out top of the class”.
Councillor Julian Thompson Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, Performance and Strategic Assets, said: “This competition gave School Catering Teams across the country the opportunity to showcase their Service and the pictures submitted by Emma and her team at Dinas Bran were not of food or dishes devised specially for the competition – they were of food and dishes served on a daily basis.
Emma has a highly motivated and dedicated catering team and the Denbighshire School Meals Service and Denbighshire County Council are rightly proud of their achievements.
Emma Williams Catering Manager at the school said: “ We have been heavily involved with #cookeditmyselfie this year. Not many days have gone by in the past few months where we haven’t posted a meal. The pictures show what we do every day, the food is great and the pupils love it. We use lots of local ingredients and prepare the food with love and passion.
Posted on Friday 1st December 2017