A school chef in Whitby proved to be too hot for the competition when she claimed yet another prestigious title.
Kath Breckon, who is a dinner lady at West Cliff Primary School, is now the Yorkshire and Humber LACA School Chef of the Year for 2016.
She now goes on to compete against nine other regional champions in the National Final to be held in March.
Kath’s main course menu included St Hilda’s Spicy Beef Pot, Caedmon Cross-Bread, Bram Stoker Sweetcorn and 199 Steps Croquettes, while her dessert was Dracula’s Bat-tastic Baked Lemon Cheesecake.
Her warming beef chilli with garlic cornbread, sweet potato and butternut squash croquettes and lemon cheescake on an oat cookie base saw Kath victorious at Gateshead College.
The national competition is the flagship event for school chefs to showcase their skills.
It has been organised annually for over two decades by the Lead Association for Catering in Education and is sponsored by MAGGI from Nestlé Professional.