Whitby-themed dishes land national title for Kath

Kath Breckon wins the 2016 LACA School Chef of the Year national title

Kath Breckon wins the 2016 LACA School Chef of the Year national title

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A Whitby primary school chef has spoken of her delight at finally winning the national title of which she has been dreaming.

Kath Breckon couldn’t believe it when she was named as LACA School Chef of the year at the fourth time of asking.

They shouted my name out and the room erupted

Kath Breckon

Her Whitby-themed dishes, inspired by the likes of Count Dracula and St Hilda, won the hearts of judges, leaving West Cliff School chef Kath elated.

Speaking to the Whitby Gazette the day after she won the crown at Stratford-upon-Avon College, Kath said: “I was sitting there saying ‘we haven’t got anything’ – then they shouted my name out and the room erupted. I was shaking like a leaf.

“I couldn’t believe it and asked the judge if he was joking. Twitter, Facebook and everything just exploded with it. My feet haven’t touched the ground.”

Mother-of-two Kath had appeared on TV’s The One Show the day prior to the awards, when she was interviewed by presenter Zoe Ball.

Kath will be presented with her official plaque in at an awards dinner in July.

Now she has won the crown, it means she will go on to be a judge at next year’s event, and that’s after fulfilling a string of engagements here and abroad.

Among the duties she is being asked to perform is cooking at the House of Commons in November as part of National School Meals Week.