Scottish Borders cook wins ASSIST School Cook of the Year

Scottish Borders cook wins ASSIST School Cook of the Year

Tracey Biggs from Galashiels Academy has won the ASSIST FM School Cook of the Year.

Tracey, who is unit manager at the school, won with a two-course vegetarian menu after taking part in the finals at The Cook School in Kilmarnock on 13th August.

“I had to produce a two-course menu for £1.60 with the main criteria being it was on budget and was nutritious,” said Biggs. “It is a difficult challenge to balance both, but I decided to go with a menu I had produced at the Academy with help from the Council’s food and nutrition co-ordinator which had proved popular with the pupils.”

Councillor David Parker, Scottish Borders Council’s Convener, added: “The Council has previously had catering staff win School Cook of the Year and this is yet more recognition for the tasty and nutritious meals they produce for our young people every school day.”

The winning dish was courgette falafels with sweet potato wedges and mint dressing and to follow, popcorn and smoothie with a natural yogurt berry blast. Having entered the competition three times before, Tracey was absolutely delighted to have won the top prize.

Annette Burfoot of Highland Council took home second place after producing a menu of Scottish baked salmon with tarragon, served with vegetable cous cous, salad and broccoli and for dessert an old-fashioned Scottish oatmeal gingerbread, served with vanilla sauce and fruit.

Third place went to Maria Millar of East Lothian Council, who served up chicken cannelloni and apple caramel cake to the judges.