A CARNOUSTIE dinner lady is among the finalists in a national cooking competition.
Wendy McIntosh, who works at Burnside Primary School, is one of five dinner ladies who will be battling it out in the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) North East & Scotland School Chef of the Year 2013 competition sponsored by MAGGI® from Nestlé Professional®.
The competition aims to showcase the high standards of skill, creativity and professionalism amongst school caterers.
It is open to all kitchen based staff employed by organisations that are full members of LACA and are involved with the daily preparation of school meals.
The winner of the North East and Scotland regional title will go on to take part in the 2013 national final scheduled for May 2013. She will be pitting her culinary skills against nine other top school chefs from across Great Britain.
The national winner will receive the LACA School Chef of the Year 2013 trophy, a cash prize, a day’s vocational experience and invitations to a calendar of high profile catering industry events.
This annual competition puts the preparation, cooking, creativity and presentation skills of school chefs to the test with each entrant required to produce, in just one and a half hours, a healthy balanced two-course meal comprising of a main course and dessert that would appeal to eleven year olds in school.
A maximum of £1.50 is allowed for the cost of a single meal for one child.
Anne Bull, LACA chair says: “The LACA School Chef of the Year judging criteria are tough but the skills and standards demonstrated by all the participants across the country, send a clear message to Head Teachers and Governors of all schools, as well as to parents and young people, about how important it is for all schools to adhere to one set of Nutritional Standards for food provision. Our talented front line staff need their continued support in order to ensure high quality, nutritious school meals as well as tasty, highly creative and appealing dishes.