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Top restaurateurs to visit Lincolnshire during Government review of school meals

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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The founders of one of the country's best-loved restaurant chains are visiting Lincolnshire as part of a Government review of school meals.

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove called for the review in July and appointed Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, of the LEON restaurant chain, to come up with a series of recommendations.

The pair will be visiting officers and councillors from Lincolnshire County Council and representatives from the Food for Life Partnership on Thursday, November 29.

They will also be having lunch at Monks Abbey Primary School and discussing the difficulties of promoting healthy living and food to school children.

The aim of the Department for Education review is to increase the number of children eating good food and to determine the role of food, cooking and growing fruit and vegetables in school.

Figures from the county council show that 98 per cent of primary schools provide their pupils with hot meals – an increase of 86 per cent compared to 2006 when Jamie Oliver campaigned in the county.

However, the TV chef has publicly slammed Mr Gove.

"Gove does not understand food in schools," he said.

Mr Dimbleby and Mr Vincent will present their report and findings to the Department for Education in 2013.

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