Earlier this month, three Aberdeenshire school cooks competed to represent the Shire in the national finals of the Scottish School Cook of the Year awards.
The three contestents, Ann Ruxton from Westfield School, Sharon Seaton from Hill of Banchory Primary, and Jane Tennent from Glenberview School had to produce a healthy, balanced two-course meal in 90 minutes that would appeal to either primary or secondary school pupils at a cost of £1.50.
Ms Ruxton and Ms Seaton missed out to Ms Tennent who impressed judges with a main of salmon and lentil dhal, served with broccoli and Cajun flavoured sweet potato, and a dessert of pear and blueberry bread and butter pudding served with custard sauce.
Taking the crown as Aberdeenshire’s School Cook of the Year, Ms Tennent will travel to Dundee on Monday, June 18, to compete for the ASSIST Scottish School Cook of the Year 2012 title.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Catering Services Manager, Allan Doig, said: “The judges all agreed that it was a very close competition with the three cooks all producing excellent meals.
“However, one cook had to be selected to go forward to the regional stage of the national competition and Jane’s food had the edge. her main course was that little bit different and, when all the main dishes were nutritionally analysed, came out ahead.”