School chef Kath hoping for third time lucky

Top School Chef Kath Breckon gets applause from colleagues as she completes her  food challenge time trial at West Cliff School in Whitby.Picture Richard Ponter 142026a
Top School Chef Kath Breckon gets applause from colleagues as she completes her food challenge time trial at West Cliff School in Whitby.Picture Richard Ponter 142026a
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There will be no pink custard in sight on Wednesday as a Whitby school chef once again battles to be the best in the country.

West Cliff Primary School’s Kath Breckon is one of 10 finalists from around the country heading to the national School Chef 2014 competition next week in Winchester.

Top School Chef Kath Breckon displays her finished dishes.Picture Richard Ponter 142026d

Top School Chef Kath Breckon displays her finished dishes.Picture Richard Ponter 142026d

Kath will be hoping the competition will be third time lucky, and she said: “Even to get through to the final three times is a real privilege. I must be doing something right.”

The chef will be required to take part in a high pressure cook-off, to be judged by a pair of hungry 11-year-old schoolchildren.

Dishes have to relate to a theme close to each chef’s home town and Kath has chosen to focus upon the lifeboat.

The main dish is called ‘East Meets West Sesame Seed Turkey’ and features turkey bites with a sweet and sour sauce, with flavoured rice and warm summer vegetables.

Her dessert is Tempting Toffee Apple Tart served with rich vanilla sauce.

It may sound exotic, but each dish must follow strict guidelines. They must be easy to mass produce and can cost no more than £1.60 to create per pupil.

As this is her third time, Kath believes the pressure is rising for her to finally bring home the prize.

“We’ve been in the final before so I think there’s a bit more pressure on us,” she said.

“We know what to expect this time around.”

Compared to the heat of the competition kitchen, Kath said cooking meals each day for 100 hungry primary school children is relatively easy.

For this school chef, teaching children about healthy eating is all part of the school curriculum.

Kath runs a cooking club at the school and she said: “I do strongly believe that cooking is a life skill which the kids can use.”