An operations manager at T (n) S Catering has won the Uncle Ben’s Best Rice Dish competition, which challenged school caterers to create an exciting rice dish during National Rice Week.
Rob Maidment was the winner, who manages the catering for Simpsons Lane Academy in West Yorkshire, for his Italian chicken and courgette rice dish. All dishes entered into the competition had to be specifically designed for their school menu during National Rice Week, which was held from 18th-24th September.
“I wanted to produce a dish that would taste great, would meet our Food for Life Served Here standards and that the children would eat and enjoy,” said Maidment. “Knowing how difficult it can be to get children to eat healthily, I wanted to create the dish using fresh, good quality and locally sourced ingredients. Not only was there grated courgette in the rice I also grated carrot and onion into the homemade tomato sauce. The dish was low in fat, salt and sugar making the prefect meal for children and adults alike.”