One of two wild card entries to this year’s LACA School Chef of the Year competition has gone on to win the 2019 title.
Steve Cross from Park Community School in Havant, Hampshire, won the competition for his Rocking Moroccan Chicken main course and North African Rose dessert. The national finals took place on 7th March at Stratford upon Avon College in Warwickshire and the winner was announced at a gala dinner that evening.
Cross has been a school chef for five years and following the changes he has made to meals at Park Community School, he consults at six six local Hampshire schools helping them to move over to a fresh food service and to take their catering in-house. In 2018 he won an EDUcatering Excellence Award.
“I am so proud to have won the national title,” he said. “With the standard and skill level among this year’s finalists being so high, I felt it was an achievement in itself just getting through to the national final, let alone being able to compete with such a talented group of people. All of this just goes to prove what a good job school chef’s do, day in, day out, up and down the country in providing tasty, nutritious meals for millions of children.”
Taking second place in the competition was Matt Betts from The Mill Academy in Barnsley and third place went to Josefine Austin from Beacon Hill Primary School in Hindhead, Surrey.