Cooks working in schools across the England and Wales are preparing to fight for the title of regional winner of LACA’s School Chef of the Year competition as the regional finalists are revealed.
Judges have whittled this year’s entries down to around 50 chefs from all 10 LACA regions who will now go on to compete in regional finals taking place throughout November, December and January.
SCOTY is the flagship event for school chefs to showcase their professional skills and this year is sponsored by McDougalls.
Entrants have a maximum of £1.30 to spend and 90 minutes to prepare, cook and serve an imaginative, school compliant two-course menu. This must meet all the judging criteria which include the use of a minimum of one different McDougalls product in each course. In addition, the meal must be suitable for serving en masse in school to 11-year-olds.
Having judged the paper entries, LACA knows that it has an exciting three months ahead, with recipes taking inspiration from across the globe.
“There is no secret formula to participating in the LACA School Chef of the Year Competition,” said LACA chair Michael Hales. “It just requires school cooks with passion, dedication and oodles of culinary skill mixed together with delicious, nutritious dishes prepared with creativity and flair. 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 2019 contestants the very best of luck.”
The first regional final will take place at Premier Foods HQ in St Albans on 27th November for the East of England region. The National Final will take place in Stratfor- upon-Avon on 7th March.