LACA launches School Chef of the Year 2022 competition

LACA’s School Chef of the Year ((SCOTY) competition has launched with continued sponsorship from Quorn Professionals and new for 2022 supported by Bisto.

In a new twist for 2022, competitors will be tasked with creating a grab & go savoury snack in addition to an imaginative main meal and dessert. School chefs will need to use at least one Quorn product in both the new grab & go item and main course as well as one Bisto product from a list provided in either the snack or the main course.

Entrants will also be asked to create a 50% fruit-based dessert that should reflect school standards, using one Premier Foods product from a list provided.

Registrations for the 2022 competition are now open to all kitchen-based staff involved in the daily preparation of pupils’ meals in schools across the UK whether from a local authority or contract-catered site, managed in-house, academy school or part of a Multi-Academy Trust.

Registrations close on Friday 28 January 2022. Full entries must be received no later than Friday 18th February 2022 and will be paper-judged in March 2022. Successful entries will go through to the regional finals after the Easter holiday.

The national final will once again be held at the LACA Main Event on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7 July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole with the overall winner announced on the evening of 7th July.

At the national final, the 2022 national winner will receive a £1k cash prize, the 2022 LACA School Chef of the Year trophy, an invitation to a calendar of catering industry events and a work experience trip. The national second and third place winners will receive £500 and £300 respectively.

Rob Chambers from Hampton College (IFG Cucina) won the SCOTY 2021 competition after the live final at the LACA Main Event in October. He cooked a main course of aromatic steamed bao bun, sriracha glazed Chinese cabbage, Asian salad with a soy and chilli dressing. For dessert me made coconut and lemongrass panna cotta, pineapple compote, charred pineapple with coconut tuile.