Gourmet dinner lady in final

A CARNOUSTIE dinner lady was among the finalists in a national cooking competition this week.

On Monday Wendy McIntosh, who works at Burnside Primary School, was one of five dinner ladies battling it out in Gateshead at the LACA North East & Scotland School Chef of the Year 2013 competition sponsored by MAGGI® from Nestlé Professional®.

Wendy was presented with a trophy highly commending her for her main course, ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’, a dish of fish fingers, potato wedges, minted pea puree and tomato sauce.

The winner of the North East and Scotland regional title, Pamela Jamieson of Cumbrae Primary School in Millport, will go on to take part in the 2013 National Final scheduled to take place in May.

This annual competition puts the preparation, cooking, creativity and presentation skills of school chefs to the test. With a budget of only £1.50 per child each entrant is required to produce, in just one and a half hours, a healthy balanced meal comprising a main course and dessert that would appeal to 11-year-olds in school.

Anne Bull, LACA chair said: “The 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.”