It is an uncertain time for many cooks and caterers. As the Covid-19 landscape changes along with the government advice, customer demand and service environments are shifting.

We’ve heard many positive stories of Food for Life Served Here (FFLSH) cooks and caterers rising to these challenges, however, this remains a difficult period.

That’s why we have launched a series of webinars to support cooks and caterers. 

Anyone in the industry can watch back or join - whether you are FFLSH certified, enrolled or not yet started on your FFLSH journey.

Wednesday 21st April – 2:30pm to 3:30pm

April Cooks and Caterers Support Q&A Session

Due to popular demand, Food for Life are hosting another support session for school cooks.

We are pleased to have Julian Edwards, CEO of Allergen Accreditation and MD of GY5 Food Service Consultancy Ltd, joining this session to give us an overview of Natasha’s Law & Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) regulations. 

Julian will be explaining what this means for caterers and will answer any queries you may have. 

There will also be a chance to join in for a general natter. Please get involved if you:
  • Would like to discuss any concerns you may have moving forward
  • Are looking for new menu ideas
  • Would like to share information and tips with fellow cooks
  • Want to hear the latest situation from across the country

Caron Longden, Development Lead for Food for Life Served Here & Green Kitchen Standard will be joined by Jeanette Orrey, co-founder of Food for Life, for this informal session.

Questions can be submitted beforehand by contacting: clongden@soilassociation.org

Questions can also be submitted on the day and we will do our best to get through them.

Register here

Practical Support for School Chefs as the 'New Normal' Evolves 

As schools returned in September 2020, cooks and caterers were faced with a host of challenges - tackling how to maintain pupil and staff safety and wellbeing whilst continuing to serve nutritious meals.

In our second webinar, our panel shared their experiences of returning to service, discussing the successes and challenges they encountered as the ‘new normal’ in school food service took shape.

Caron Longden (National Development Manager, Food for Life) was joined by:

  • Bill Campbell (Education Services Advisor)
  • Jane Fairbank (Catering Manager, Scout Road Academy)
  • Alasdair Griffett (Food for Life Education Senior Awards Officer) 
  • Jeanette Orrey MBE (Food for Life Co-Founder)

Below are links to some of the resources mentioned in the webinar:

  • General principles for putting together food parcels and an example food parcel created by LACA can be found here
  • The governments advice on providing school meals during COVID-19 can be found here

Practical Support for School Chefs in the New ‘Normal’

The aim of our first webinar was to support in-house school chefs returning to service following the initial lockdown in Spring 2020.

Caron Longden (Food for Life Regional Development Manager) was joined by:

  • Jeanette Orrey MBE (Co-founder of Food for Life)
  • Tony Mulgrew (Catering Manager, Ravenscliffe High) 
  • Sam Ward (Lead for Food and Nutrition, Academy for Character & Excellence) 

To support school chefs in maintaining healthy school meals during Covid-19, the webinar covered:

  • Practical steps you can take to manage your in-house catering
  • Measures which can be put into place for returning to work
  • Advice on the food offer for limited numbers of children returning to school
  • Knowledge sharing with a Q&A discussion session

You can watch the webinar below:

Below are links to some of the help available that we mentioned throughout the webinar:

For further support email us at ffl@foodforlife.org.uk

Interested in becoming Food for Life Served Here certified? Enrol today.

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"We urge all concerned parents to ask whether their school has the Food for Life badge, as this is the only independent verification of school meal standards and ingredient quality."Rob Percival (Head of Food Policy, Soil Association)

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