Newtown College Catering and Hospitality Department was honoured to host the School Chef of the Year 2020.
The LACA Wales schools Regional finals were held at the college, with the Catering and Hospitality students assisting and delivering finished dishes to the table for judging. LACA is the organisation which represents the catering in schools sector interests.
The School Chef of the year is the education catering sectors premier culinary skills competition. Within the competition, competitors have 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present four portions of a two-course imaginative meal which must be suitable for serving on mass to 11-year-olds in both primary and secondary school.
There are some tough boundaries for this competition with the cost of just one main and one dessert to be no higher than £1.30.
Commenting at the start of the 2020 regional finals LACA National Chair, Stephen Forster said
‘‘There is no secret formula to succeeding in the LACA School Chef of the Year Competition. It just requires school chefs 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 pf today’s school chefs and the excellent meals they prepare tirelessly every day in schools across the country. ‘’
Sponsors of the competition are McDougalls, owned by Premier Foods, one of Britain’s largest food producers.
Executive of Premier food Mark Rigby says: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the school caterers who enters the completion. For another year our expectations have been surpassed yet again.”
The winner of the heat of the competition was Jane Jones from Denbighshire, who will receive the £100 cash prize. The overall winner of the National title will receive a £1000 cash prize and the LACA 2020 School Chef of the Year trophy.