LACA is seeking the best school chef in the country as it prepares to host the regional heats of School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) 2018.
More than 40 school chefs will compete in the five regional heats, having been selected in the preliminary judging stage. Ten of them will go on to be named regional finalist and compete in the national final on 8th March in Stratford upon Avon.
Not only will the winner be crowned SCOTY 2018, but they will also win a £1,000 cash prize, a work experience trip and an invitation to a calendar of high profile catering industry engagements during their championship year. The national second and third place winners will receive cash prizes of £500 and £300 respectively.
Competitors will have 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present a two-course meal that meets school food standards, with a maximum cost of £1.30. It must be suitable for 11-year-olds and take into account the Eat Well Guide.
“There is no secret formula to participating in the LACA School Chef of the Year Competition; it simply requires school cooks with passion, dedication and oodles of culinary skill mixed together with delicious, nutritious dishes prepared with creativity and flair,” said Tim Blowers, chair of LACA. “Every year, this competition allows us to demonstrate to the wider world both the professional expertise of today’s school chefs and the excellent meals they prepare tirelessly every single day in schools across the country.
“The impact that this has on the health and vitality of children and young people cannot be underestimated. It underpins why all schools should provide quality, nutritious meals every day. Our school chefs and their teams are totally committed to the role they play in educating children and young people about how food and eating better can help them achieve more, both academically and physically. LACA School Chef of the Year is a celebration of all that’s best about education catering. I wish all of our 2018 contestants the very best of luck.”
The five regional finals will be:
22nd November, Doncaster College
Yorkshire & Humber Regional Final
North East & Scotland Regional Final
5th December, Cityserve Development Kitchen, Birmingham
West Midlands Regional Final
6th December, Cityserve Development Kitchen, Birmingham
East of England Regional Final
East Midlands Regional Final
11th January, Nestle Headquarters, Gatwick
South East Regional Final
London Regional Final
16th January, St Katherine’s School, Bristol
South West Regional Final
Welsh Regional Final
30th January, Manchester College, Wythenshawe Campus
North West Regional Final