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LACA unveils full line-up of competitors for SCOTY national final

11 Jun 2024
LACA has revealed the names of the ten regional final winners as well as two wildcard entrants who will go onto compete in the final of the prestigious School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) competition, which is sponsored by Bisto from Premier Foods.

The final of the SCOTY competition will once again take place at the LACA Main Event on 3-4th July. The twelve school chefs will have 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present four portions of a main course and dessert with a total food cost of £1.60 per head that meet the School Food Standards and Eat Well Guide.

With the competition focus on producing nutritious, delicious meals for 11-year-old primary or secondary school pupils, now in its 30th year, the LACA School Chef of the Year competition is the perfect showcase for passionate school chefs to demonstrate what they do best every day.

Anita Brown, chair of LACA, said: “This wonderful competition is celebrating 30 fantastic years so Happy 30th Anniversary SCOTY!

"It is an amazing experience for all that take part, enabling our staff to showcase their amazing talent and a great opportunity to meet chefs from across the country on both the regional and national stages. It’s a massive chance to show what talent and innovative ideas our brilliant staff have. Best of luck to you all.”

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.

The ten regional final winners are:

Joining the ten regional finalist winners at the SCOTY national final will be two wildcards entrants, including:

  • Wildcard from South West: Jennifer Brown Sarum Academy (OCS); easy like monday mornay & rhubarb and custard meringue tart with raspberry coulis
  • Wildcard from Yorkshire & Humberside: Jody Iske from Queen Ethelburga's College; Quorn roulade served with roasted beetroot, glazed carrots, mini dauphinoise potatoes, spinach puree and vegetable gravy & tarte tatin

Visitors to the free-to-attend School Food Show at the LACA Main Event will be able to watch the live final taking place. The winners being revealed at the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner on the evening of Thursday 4th July. Find out more and book your places at the LACA Main Event.