Whitby school cook is the best in Yorkshire

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Children at West Cliff Primary have no excuse for not eating their school dinners as they are being cooked up by the best school chef in Yorkshire.

Kath Breckon was the winner in the finals of the Yorkshire and Humber School Chef of the Year 2014 cook off on Friday.

She will now have to re-create her winning dish, described as ‘East Meets West’ at the national finals with winners from ten other regions.

It consisted of turkey bites with sweet and sour sauce, scented rice and warmed summer vegetables and dessert was a pastry case filled with apples and caramel served with vanilla sauce.

Mrs Breckon had just an hour and a half to produce her dish taking inspiration from the local lifeboat team, it had to meet nutritional standards, appeal to 11 year-olds, cost no more than £1.60 per person and include a set number of ingredients from competition sponsors Nestle and Maggi.

It then had to pass the taste test of a judging panel which included children, a professional chef, a nutritionist and representatives from the sponsors.

Marks were also given for hygiene and skills in the kitchen such as knife work.

It is the third time Mrs Breckon has won the regional round and she has to do it all over again at the national finals being held in May.

After cooking up victory, Kath Breckon spoke to the Gazette.

She said: “I was sat in the a corner shaking like a leaf when they read out the winning dishes.

“With the criteria a lot of work goes into it.

“I was surprised to win but I am thrilled to be representing Yorkshire and the Humber again.

“It proves what good school chefs we have in our kitchens. “The theme was regional with ethnic influence. A prominent Whitby feature is the lifeboat so we did nautical miles to where we got the ingredients and as it used to be a trading port that is why I brought in the Asian spices.”