The competition is open to all kitchen-based staff involved in the daily preparation of pupils’ meals in schools across the UK, whether from a local authority, contract-catered site, managed in-house, academy school or part of a Multi-Academy Trust.
Competitors must use a minimum of one Premier Foods ingredient in both their main course and dessert. Judges will be looking for ‘innovative and creative ways’ the products have been used in the finished dishes.
Seven reasons to enter LACA School Chef of the Year 2024:
Test your skills
The competition aims to develop and showcase a school chef’s skills and ideas. Some school chefs have to follow menu plans and recipes set by others on a daily basis, but what’s great about this competition is it allows you to show off your own food and ideas.
Win amazing prizes
At the national final, the 2024 national winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize, the 2024 LACA School Chef of the Year trophy and an invitation to a calendar of catering industry events. The national second and third place winners will receive £500 and £300 respectively.
Enjoy a new challenge
If you are a school chef looking for a new challenge in 2024, this competition gives you the opportunity to develop your creativity and do something outside of your day-to-day routine. It not only improves your culinary skills, but the networking and PR opportunities can help you to grow your confidence too.
Inspire cooks of the future
Over recent years, there has been much debate on how to attract talent to the hospitality and catering industry. With you being in the regional and national spotlight, you could be helping children to see the opportunities your culinary role can give to a young person.
Put your school in the spotlight
The Premier Foods Foodservice team places huge emphasis on this competition within their marketing activity with a strong PR and social media campaign. Being part of it can put your name and school on the map. Getting to the finals could even generate local or national PR for your school.
Cook for industry experts
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to cook for judges. This year Premier Foods are delighted to be part of the judging panel and chef, Louise has a great deal of experience in the education sector so can offer valuable feedback that will help you in your day job.
One of the main reasons for entering is to enjoy an experience you won’t forget. From planning menus and cooking up your dishes to the regional and national events, you will have a memorable experience whatever stage you get to.
The deadline for registration is Friday 26th January 2024. Register your interest for LACA School Chef of the Year 2024