Lakefield is supported by many sponsors in the Hospitality Industry and beyond. They include:
The object of the PM Trust is to promote the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of young men and women working in the hospitality industry in London by the provision of grants, loans and other financial assistance as the Committee sees fit.
In recent years the Trust has assisted young people, including some studying in Lakefield, with relevant colleges of further education grant schemes to cover the provision of equipment, tuition fees as well as travel expenses.
Established in 1965 as a Guild of the Cookery and Food Association, the Craft Guild of Chefs has developed into the leading Chefs’ Association in the UK and has many members worldwide. Members come from all aspects of the foodservice and hospitality sectors working in a wide variety of positions from students and trainees to top management. No other association boasts such a broad and experienced membership. As an association representing the interest of chefs, their aims are:
- To increase standards of professional cooking through greater awareness, education and training
- To develop careers and prospects of our members
- To help members develop and maintain their knowledge, skills and ability
- To promote and participate in all levels of craft skills competitions in the UK and internationally
- To work with industry, education and the media to win greater recognition for chefs and their profession
- To endorse and promote the use of British and European produce, working with suppliers and manufacturers to create innovative menus and recipe ideas
The Worshipful Company of Cooks of London is the smallest of London’s livery companies at 75 Liverymen strong. The Company is also one of the oldest livery companies. It can trace its origins back to the 12th Century, founded from two guilds of cooks in medieval London – the Cooks of Eastcheap and the Cooks of Bread Street. The Cooks Livery received its first charter in 1482, and is now thirty-fifth in the City’s Livery table of precedence.
Today, the Company is as vital as it was when it controlled all catering within the ‘Square Mile’. The Company is no longer an association of tradesmen in its original controlling sense. Yet, its present membership continues to include craft tradesmen, while the Company as a whole engages actively with a broad range of organisations and charities associated with cooking. Thus, the Company’s purpose in contemporary times has come to rest in a public search for the common good, to be socially useful, and to contribute as effectively as it can to the pursuit of a good society – all through support to the craft of cooking.