COVENTRY’S Lee Taylor has advanced to the LACA School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) national final after winning the West Midlands competition.
Lee is based at Coventry’s John Gulson Primary School and is one of twelve chefs across the UK to advance to the SCOTY finals on July 6 and 7, including nine regional champions and three wildcard picks.
The finals at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole will see school chefs will have one hour and 45 minutes to prepare and serve a grab-and-go savoury snack, an imaginative main meal and a dessert.
Each contestant will need to use at least one Quorn product in their snack and main course and one listed Bisto product in one of the foods.
The dessert will also need to be 50% fruit-based and will have to use one Premier Foods product from a provided list.
The SCOTY champion will receive a £1,000 cash prize as well as the trophy, with second and third winning £500 and £300.
LACA national chair, Jacquie Blake said: “Each year I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the entries we receive.
“There can be no better calling than to ensure that children receive delicious, nutritious meals whilst they are at school.
“The link between healthy eating and learning has been well proven and our chefs up and down the country provide a valuable service to their local communities.”