Southam Primary School cook Tanya is ‘School Chef of the Year’ finalist

School cook Tanya Malone, from Southam Primary School, has won the LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) ‘School Chef of the Year’ West Midlands final.

She will now go on to compete for the national title at a grand final to be held at Stratford-upon-Avon College in March next year.

The Educaterers’ chef won over judges with her chilli chicken fritta main and dessert of vanilla panna cotta with an orange tuile wave and fruit coulis caramel.

Tanya served the fritta with crushed new potatoes, creamy spinach, coconut sauce, green beans and carrot ribbons.

The title of LACA School Chef of the Year is the most prestigious that any school chef across the UK can hold and, according to LACA, an exciting year is guaranteed for whoever emerges as the 2018 winner.

Educaterers, who took over the provision of school meals to 195 schools from Warwickshire County Council in September, believes strongly in developing its catering teams’ skills and has supported Tanya’s involvement in the competition.

Terry Tredget, Director of Catering at Educaterers, said: “We were so excited to hear the news that Tanya had won the West Midlands final. LACA School Chef of the Year is the award that all dedicated school caterers want to win and we are so proud of Tanya for impressing the regional judges with her menu.

“Our staff are our most important asset and we will all be keeping our fingers crossed for the national final. It would be amazing to see an Educaterers cook win that title.”

Educaterers launched as a Local Authority Traded Company – the first for Warwickshire County Council – in September. Their catering teams feed 125,000 pupils across the county every week.