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Every year we ask school catering teams to lay on the tasty veg. They make the veg the hero of lunch and create a perfect opportunity for kids to give them a taste. Caterers’ Challenge, kindly sponsored by Tilda, acknowledges and celebrates those catering teams. Find out more and meet our previous winners.

Find out more with this short video…

Caterers Challenge is now closed for this year – thanks for all your help!

“School cooks and chefs have an absolutely vital role to play. You could be the change agent that improves the diet of hundreds of children, for life”.

– Prue Leith

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1. Serve up your lovely veg.

2. Take a few snaps.

3. Head to this page.

4. Upload your pics and tell us what you did to make it tasty and fun – only takes 5 mins.

Entry closed:
23rd April 2024


Your hard work deserves recognition. Whether you dazzled with daring displays, fashioned fabulous flavours or simply served with a sunshine smile you have earned a certificate and maybe a cash prize.

BRONZE: Serve up great veg and a little fun.

SILVER: For great pupil participation, tasty dishes with veg and rice, and maybe a little creativity you could claim one of 15 Silver awards and £100 cash prize.

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GOLD: For the very best, those that really go for it with amazing creativity, displays, pupil engagement and don’t forget a fab rice and veg dish. You could be one of up to three Caterers’ Challenge Gold Winners and earn a £500 cash prize + the Caterers’ Challenge 2024 trophy presented at the LACA Main Event awards dinner.

Prizes go straight to school catering teams

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It’s all about getting kids excited and trying new veg. Here are the things our judges will be looking for:


We love to see creative displays – let’s make it fun!


It’s all about engaging the children. How can they get involved?


Don’t forget those tasty, tempting and healthy treats the children can’t resist trying.

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