Tanya Malone, Site Catering Manager at Rugby Free Secondary School, has won the LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) ‘School Chef of the Year’ West Midlands final – for the second time!

She will now go on to compete for the national title at a grand final to be held at Stratford-upon-Avon College in March.

The Educaterers’ chef won over judges – for the second year in a row – with a menu that put a ‘twist’ on the traditional school lunch.

Her ‘Twist of Fish’ main course saw Tanya take the concept of a traditional school dessert – apple crumble – and transform it into a savoury fish crumble served with spaghetti potatoes, courgettes and carrot puree.

Her winning dessert – ‘Twist of Pizza’ – took a school dinner favourite (pizza) and served it up as a sweet option, topped with fruits and crushed meringue and served with a lime jelly wedge.

The title of LACA School Chef of the Year is the most prestigious that any school chef across the UK can hold. Tanya will now go on to compete against nine other regional champions in the national final in March.

Warwickshire-based Educaterers launched in September 2017, taking over the delivery of school meals from Warwickshire County Caterers, which had provided a successful catering service to schools in the county for over 25 years.

Educaterers have provided meals to Rugby Free Secondary School since it opened in September 2016.

The company believes strongly in developing its catering teams’ expertise and has supported Tanya’s participation in the competition.

Terry Tredget, Director of Educaterers, said: “We were very happy to get the news that Tanya has won the West Midlands final again this year.

“LACA School Chef of the Year is the prize that all school caterers want to win and we are so pleased that Tanya excited the regional judges with her innovative twist on a traditional school menu.

“Our staff are our greatest strength and we will all be hoping that Tanya wins the national final this time. It would be wonderful to see an Educaterers caterer gain that award.”

We would like to congratulate Tanya on this fantastic achievement and wish her all the best in the Grand Final!

For more information on Educaterers, visit www.educaterers.co.uk.