The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), one of the leading seafood suppliers to the UK catering industry has confirmed their sponsorship for LACA’s 2019 Host a School Chef programme.
Now in its sixth year, the programme offers school chefs opportunities to work in some of the most exclusive restaurants and venues in the country working alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the catering industry, demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent of today’s education caterers.
Previously part of the National School Meals Week (NSMW) portfolio of activities, this year Host a School Chef is now a standalone year long programme for the first time.
“The success of the Host a School Chef programme over the past five years has exceeded all our expectations and the list of venues that have participated would grace any publication on fine dining,” said LACA chair of events Neil Porter. “It became clear to us that the demand from school chefs and interest from venues wishing to host chefs, gave us enough reason for LACA to expand the programme and launch it as an event in its own right. On behalf of the LACA board I am delighted to welcome Alaska Seafood as headline sponsor for 2019 and their support is very much appreciated.”
Last year, school chefs took up placements at The Ritz Hotel London, Rick Stein’s Marlborough Restaurant, the Chester Grosvenor, Fortnum and Mason and L’Enclume in the Lake District, among others.
Sarah Johnson from Alaska Seafood said: “We know that seafood from Alaska is already being served in school kitchens up and down the country and hope that our sponsorship of this programme will help school chefs with their day to day challenges to persuade children to eat more fish!”