School chef of the year national final for Tracy

Good luck to Ravensthorpe Junior School Catering Supervisor Tracy Healey who is competing in the national final of the LACA school chef of the year competition.

The competition tests the chef’s preparation, creativity, technical ability, presentation and most of all – cooking skills.

Tracy, who works for Kirklees Council Catering Service secured her place in the final after winning regional heats in Kirklees and the Yorkshire & Humber region.

Each chef has to design and produce a healthy, balanced two-course meal to appeal to year six pupils to take part in the competition.

What will Tracy be cooking for the national final?


Main Course

Lamb kofta and cherry tomato skewers

served with coconut rice, homemade potato flatbread and salad with a yoghurt and mint dressing


Rhubarb and ginger crunch fool

Tracy said “I created a menu to reflect the diversity of the school I work in and the food we serve as well as local produce – being so close to the rhubarb triangle I thought it only right that I include rhubarb in the dessert.

I’m delighted to be representing Kirklees at the finals, the catering service have been really good to me and supported me through my career. I have no formal training in the catering industry, all the training that I’ve had has been through Kirklees council. I love my job, and the satisfaction of knowing that we put a well-balanced freshly cooked meal on children’s plates.”

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “I’m very proud that Kirklees is represented in this competition, the service prides itself on having great staff, and this showcases just how good they are.”

Watch Tracy at work in the kitchen at Ravensthorpe Junior School:

More information

Find out more about the LACA School Chef of the Year competition.

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