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31st May 2023

LACA extends deadline entry for 2023 Finishing Touches

Written by: Edward Waddell
Finishing Touches, a competition organised by LACA in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs, has extended its deadline entry to Wednesday 7th June.

Now in its 15th 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 take place during the LACA Main Event on Thursday 6th July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Each Best in Class winner will receive £100 - there are 12 classes to enter. The Best in Show winner will receive a further £250.

Steve Munkley, vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, commented: “We are so pleased to be involved with this salon and every year look forward to seeing some of the great dishes and presentation pieces that are put forward. Let’s make sure 2023 is just as good as the last 15 years.”

The display static classes for 2023 include: 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 and Vegetarian Quiche.

Sarah Robb, marketing manager at Premier Foods, said: "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.

“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.”

The entries will be on display at LACA Main Event 2023 on the 6th July 2023, you can register for your free entry ticket here. To find out more and enter, visit here.