As the School Food Sector starts to ‘get back on track’, this year’s Main Event will take a look at the future of our service with in-depth sessions on sustainability and technology.
In addition to this this in 2022 we are also pleased to announce the return of LACA Live with cookery demonstrations focusing on local and sustainable produce taking place in the Palace Suite on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July. Those showcasing their culinary skills at LACA Live this year include former England rugby player and Celebrity Masterchef winner, Phil Vickery representing Creed Foodservice, school chefs working with Love British Food, HCL Ltd sharing their expertise in fruit carving and ProVeg showcasing some of their SchoolPlates recipes.
View LACA Live Programme
Our ever popular and informative Workshop Sessions will also return this year with sessions tailored for both kitchen managers and, service directors/managers will offer practical advice and share best practice case studies. Angela Tregear of the University of Edinburgh Business School is returning to update us about the Carbon Calculator measuring the carbon footprint of the sector with other workshops focusing on energy efficient kit, team wellbeing and sustainable sourcing.
View the Workshop Programme
Main Event Delegate Programme
The programme below outlines the closed sessions which are only accessible for delegates:
Wednesday 6 July 2022
|9.30||School Food Show exhibition opens|
|12.00-14.00||Lunch & exhibition viewing|
|14.15||LACA Forum opens
Forum chair, Michael Hales
LACA's year in focus
Opening Address and Introduction to this year’s Main Event
Jacquie Blake, LACA National Chair
School Food – The Ninth Lesson
The Connected Kitchen
|16.15||Keynote: Find your inner creativity and build a great organisation
Jason Bevan, Former Creative Head at Warner Bros
|17.00||Forum day one closes|
|19.30||LACA informal icebreaker evening|
Thursday 7 July 2022
LACA Forum delegate registration opens - hotel and Monarch foyers
LACA School Food Show - exhibition opens, Palace and Monarch Suites
|9.30||Forum day two opens
Foruum chair, Michael Hales
Welcome and LACA Year in Focus
|9.45 - 10.15||Keynote:
Tom Heap, 39 ways to save the planet
'39 Ways to Save the Planet, emerged from a determination to celebrate the successes in our fight against climate change. Knowing where we are winning is fascinating in itself and vital to enlarging those victories and stemming anxiety.
|10.15 - 11.30||
The Sustainable School Kitchen
|11.30 - 12.00||
Marketing and Branding your School Food Service
Marketing & Innovation Consultant for Foodservice, Claire Roper joins us to share her a wealth of experience in foodservice research and insight from her time spent working with Quorn and 2 Sisters Food Group.
|12.00 - 14.00||Lunch and exhibition viewing|
|14.30||Announcement of the Winners of 2022 Finishing Touches and Best in Class and Best in Show
Open to visitors and Forum delegates, Kings Suite
Four Nations Session 2022
With nearly 90% of children across the UK choosing to eat a school meal at least once a week*, our speakers representing each of the four nations, will discuss and debate the current priorities and challenges for the school meals service. This will be a wide-ranging discussion covering areas including: each nation’s food standards and what changes may be required as a result of The National Food Strategy, Good Food Nation Bill in Scotland and the roll out of free school meals to all primary children in Wales.
Speakers will also focus on investment in and funding of the service, recruitment and supply chain issues in a post-Brexit and post-pandemic world and what impact the ongoing conflict in Ukraine might have on fast-rising food and energy costs.
Keynote: Natasha’s Law 9 months on
Following on from their deeply moving and impactful speech at the Main Event 2021, Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse OBE return to update us on the impact of Natasha's Law to date and to discuss the next steps in creating a world that is safe for all allergy sufferers, everywhere.
|16.30||Forum day two closes|
|19.30||LACA Awards for Excellence Dinner, Kings Suite - Find out more|
Friday 8 July 2022
|8.00||Networking Breakfast, Kings Suite|
David Foad, editor of School Caterer magazine, talks to the newly crowned winner of SCOTY 2022
Research Update:– ParentPay and LACA School Meals Report
Levelling up school food
He will be joined by Cath Elliston, Head of Campaigns, Jamie Oliver Group
|11.15 - 11.35||
School Food Review Working Group Coalition
The School Food Review Working Group is a coalition that includes representatives of catering staff, school leaders, local authorities, experts, campaigners, and, of course, school children. The group has identified five ‘pillars’ of the school food system: areas which need reform and solutions to do so.
|11.35 - 11.55||LACA Political and Policy Update
Victoria Morgan, Managing Director London, FGS Global
11.55 - 12.30
|Chair's handover and closing remarks|
|Downloadable PDF version of LACA Programme 2022||984.97 KB|