Harold Hill dinner lady announced as winner of London School Chef of the Year 2018
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 January 2018
Laca School Chef of the Year
A dinner lady is delighted to have been crowned the winner of a regional cooking competition with her healthy meals.
Michelle Creed, 45, of Rush Green, who works at Broadford Primary School, Harold Hill, has been named as the overall champion of the regional final and the new Laca London School Chef of the Year 2018.
Michelle, who has been a dinner lady for the past 11 years, competed with her two chosen dishes, mac and cheese bolagnese bake and a lime and coconut cheesecake which the judges were thrilled to taste.
She said: “I am so proud to be nominated as School Chef of the Year 2018.
“It means so much, to be recognized for doing the job I love.
“I get my creativity by trying to create healthy meals from a combination of popular dishes such as macaroni cheese and bolognese.
“Children really enjoy my creation which has a healthy twist, and the cheesecake is a light, fresh dessert.”
“I discuss meal plan concepts with a nutritionist to help ensure vegetables are used as the basis of all dishes.
Following on from her success, Michelle will now go on to compete in the national final on March 8 2018 at Stratford Upon Avon College.
The winner of the national 2018 title will receive a £1,000 cash prize and the Laca 2018 School Chef of the Year trophy.
They will also be awarded a commemorative plaque and an invitation to a number of high profile catering industry engagements over the next year.
The national second and third place winners will receive cash prizes of £500 and £300.
Michelle said: “I was so excited to represent Havering and look forward to competing in the national heats.”
Cabinet member for children and learning, Councillor Robert Benham said: “We are all very proud of Michelle’s continuous effort to produce innovative and healthy meals for Havering children, she is an inspiration for the Havering catering service, who feed approximately 60pc of the boroughs primary school children every day.”
For more information about the competition, visit laca.co.uk/scoty