The Craft Guild of
Chefs is delighted to be working in association with Local Authority Caterers
Association (LACA) again this year on Finishing Touches, LACA’s annual static
culinary display salon, that will take place at its conference at the Hilton Birmingham
Metropole from July 11-12 2012.


Now in its fifth
year, the Finishing Touches competition is aimed at all levels of staff
employed in any aspect of local authority catering, capable of producing
excellent craft pieces.


The Craft Guild has
set the criteria (which is available to view on line at for the
10 classes which provide entrants with the opportunity to show off their
culinary creativity and presentation talent and for these to be judged by
senior members of the Craft Guild of Chefs against national standards.


There are four
exciting new categories this year: apple pie/tart; cup cakes; filled and/or
covered sponge, gateau or cake and tray bake. These join six existing
categories: biscuits; decorated celebration cake; decorated novelty cake;
floral sugarcraft display piece; cold canapés and petit fours.


Steve Munkley, of The
Craft Guild of Chefs, commented: “LACA has some really talented chefs and this
gives them an opportunity to shine in their own environment. It will also give
them the confidence to compete against other sectors of the industry in the


“The standard of
exhibit at Finishing Touches 2011 exceeded that of 2010, with an amazing amount
of effort put into every category. We were so look forward to awarding even
more in 2012 with the new categories.”


The closing date for
entries is Friday 25th May. For further information visit or