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Food for Life cooks triumph at ASSIST Scottish School Cook of The Year 2015

We’re delighted to report that cooks representing local authorities with the Food for Life Catering Mark took the top honours at this year’s ASSIST Scottish School Cook of the Year competition.

Helene Roebuck of Stirling Council beat off strong competition from 10 other school cooks from all over Scotland in the final of the competition. Sharon Seaton of Aberdeenshire Council was runner up, and Stephanie Campbell of Aberdeen City Council took third place.

Each cook had to create a main dish and dessert within 90 minutes. A maximum of £1.60 was allowed for the cost of the meal and each cook had to comply with the primary based nutrient standards in The Schools (Health promotion and Nutrition Act) (Scotland) 2007 legislation, which is in force in all schools throughout Scotland.

As 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland entrants had to include an item of Scottish produce in both dishes and Helene’s winning meal consisted of Marinated Coley and Vegetable Skewers followed by Secret Chocolate Cake, made with beetroot.

Stirling Council Facilities Management service manager Margaret Gilmour said: “We’re very proud of the quality of our school meals in Stirling and of the skills of all our cooks in being able to provide imaginative and nutritious meals that children really want to eat. To have come so close to taking the top spot in previous years it’s brilliant to see Helene win in the Year of Food and Drink.”

Huge congratulations to all three cooks from the Food for Life Scotland team!

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