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Chef of the Year 2016

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PUPILS from four city secondary schools are getting ready to cook up a storm for the Student Chef of the Year competition.

Teams from Sir Jonathan North, Beaumont Leys, Fullhurst and City of Leicester schools will be showing off their culinary skills as they pit their wits against each other at Sir Jonathan North Community College on Friday (June 24).

To be crowned Student Chef of the Year, pupils must come up with an idea for an original, nutritionally-balanced meal that could be served up as a school dinner. As well as being creative with food, pupils have to work within a budget and think about how they would promote their meal to pupils.

Each team will have 90 minutes to create four servings of a two-course meal on a budget of £1.75 per head. Dishes on the menu in this year’s competition include turkey burgers with slaw and sweet potato wedges, chicken teriyake and strawberry and cream vanilla swiss roll.

Last year's winners were City of Leicester College, with their dish of Bombay potato and chicken parcels and peach melba cheesecake.

The competition is now in its twelth year. Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: "I’m delighted that this competition continues to go from strength to strength. Not only does it teach pupils all about creating healthy meals on a budget, but it also encourages them to share their enthusiasm for school meals with their friends when they promote their menus.”

The competition is organised by City Catering, which provides healthy meals for around 22,000 city schoolchildren each day.

Jane Faulks, education catering manager, said: "It’s always a tough task choosing a winner for this competition, but I’m pleased to see so many pupils getting involved. I’m sure they’ll come up with some truly delicious meals for us to try.”