12 Jul '19

Could you be the next LACA School Chef of the Year?

The search for Britain’s next LACA School Chef of the Year is now underway - school chefs are invited to register to take part in the search for the 2020 national champion.

We are delighted to be sponsoring again with our McDougalls brands and we have provided a comprehensive list of products for competitors to include in their menus, which should reflect the school food standards.

Heading up the 2020 Judging Panel is our  executive chef, Mark Rigby, who will oversee each stage of the new competition from the preliminary judging round in late October 2019, at all ten of the regional finals (November 2019 – January 2020) and at the national final (March 2020).  Joining Mark on the panel will be Sharon Armstrong from LACA and a catering industry professional guest judge at each location. 

Entrants have 90 minutes to prepare, cook and serve an imaginative, school compliant two course menu including a minimum of one different McDougalls product in each course, suitable for serving to 11 year old pupils, primary year 6 or secondary year 7.

The 2020 competition is open to all staff that hold a kitchen-based post and who are involved in the daily preparation of pupil’s meals at the time of entry. Entries may be submitted by any school meal provider whether local authority, contract caterer, academy or free school.

Regional final winners will each receive a £100 cash prize.  At the national final, the 2020 national winner will received a £1000 cash prize, the 2020 LACA School Chef of the Year trophy, an invitation to a calendar of catering industry events and a work experience trip.  The national second and third place winners will receive £500 and £300 respectively.

The first stage is to register your interest. The deadline for registrations is Friday 27 September 2019.
The entry pack with the full rules, judging criteria and terms and conditions plus all the forms you need to complete and return your entry are on the LACA website, including the list of McDougalls ingredients to use as you plan your dishes. 

Completed entry forms must be returned by Wednesday 16 October 2019 for the paper judging stage.

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