Dorset catering company, Local Food Links (LFL), has served up millions of school meals since it was founded in 2006. What began as soup and a roll followed by a slice of cake one day a week at Bridport Primary School has grown into a social enterprise supplying around 3,000 freshly prepared hot school meals every day to 33 schools across Dorset from 4 kitchens in Bridport, Dorchester, Blandford and Shillingstone. LFL plans to be supplying even more schools over the next 10 years.
LFL will be starting its celebrations with a 10th birthday menu in schools on Friday 13th January. Pupils will enjoy Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding or Homity Pie followed by a birthday cupcake and each pupil will be given a special edition 10th birthday recipe book featuring 10 LFL recipes to take home, enabling them to enjoy fabulous food at weekends and in the school holidays whilst also learning to cook.
Chief Executive, Caroline Morgan said,
“It has been privilege to play a part in bringing hot school meals back to many Dorset schools over the last 10 years. We have developed an innovative and sustainable local model and become an expert in provision for small schools, which has enabled us to contribute to and influence the national approach.”
LFL is also celebrating reaching the South West Regional Finals of the 2017 School Chef of the Year competition for the second time. Cook Tracy Dawson will be competing against 6 other school cooks on 11th January and hopes to impress judges with an Aromatic Beef Curry followed by Strawberry Dream.
Tracy Dawson said,
“I am very proud and happy to have got through to the South West Regional Final for the second time and am very excited about it. Last time was very enjoyabIe and I thoroughly loved the experience of developing my own recipes and seeing them come to life.”