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East Midlands school chef qualifies for SCOTY final

Lorna Nolan, from Breadsall Primary School (Derbyshire County Council)
Lorna Nolan, from Breadsall Primary School (Derbyshire County Council)
10 May 2023
Lorna Nolan, from Breadsall Primary School (Derbyshire County Council), has advanced to the School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) final, which will be taking place at the 2023 LACA Main Event.

For her main course Lorna made organic beef-filled Yorkshire pudding with a beetroot crisp-topped vegetable stack and roasted cheesy cauliflower, Derbyshire organic beef casserole encased in Yorkshires with vegetable stack and roasted cheesy cauliflower.

For dessert Lorna created bejewelled berry beetroot brownie, chocolate brownie packed with berries and beetroot, served with an Angel Delight quenelle and berries.

This heat took place on the same day as heats for West Midlands and Wales.

LACA Chair Brad Pearce commented: “Three fantastic heats, with three fantastic new finalists, all showcasing the very best in school food. Not only great food but also a celebration of the excellent culinary skills and talent of the chefs feeding our children in schools across the nation.”

Sponsor Sarah Robb, foodservice marketing manager at Premier Foods added: “It’s been another exciting day of judging for our chef, Louise Wagstaffe who has been so impressed with the variety of dishes she has tasted. With three more finalists now revealed, it’s already shaping up to be an impressive display of culinary excellence as we look ahead to the final in July. Good luck to all the chefs who are still to cook in the next few weeks.”

As the only contestant from the East Midlands to qualify for the regional final, Lorna cooked alongside the Welsh heat at the First Choice Group Kitchen in Cannock. The winner of each of the nine regional finals will receive £100 and advance to the national final alongside two other wildcards.

With the competition focus on producing nutritious and delicious meals for 11-year-old primary or secondary school pupils, the SCOTY competition is the perfect showcase for passionate school chefs to demonstrate what they do best every day.

The LACA School Chef of the Year National Final will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July at the LACA Main Event.