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Chartwells chef triumphs at LACA competition to secure place at School Chef of Year National Final

Chartwells' Catering Manager at Claverham Secondary Community College in East Sussex, Alison Gann, is the winner of LACA's South East School Chef of the Year. Her win has secured her a place in the School Chef of the Year National Final.

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Compass Group news team
Monday 30 April 2012

The regional final, held on 22 March at Brooklands College in Weybridge, saw seven highly skilled school chefs compete to produce a two-course meal suitable for an 11-year-old pupil. They were given just 90 minutes to prepare everything from scratch.

Alison impressed the judges with a light, fresh main course of Makhani chicken with jasmine infused rice, onion and herb salad, wholemeal chapatti, served alongside sharp and sweet apricot chutney and a refreshing cucumber raita. This was followed by Kashmir pineapple pudding; a traditional baked cinnamon custard dessert, with grilled pineapple and mint sugar, from the Kashmir region of South Asia. Ingredients used by Alison Gann in her winning menu included MAGGI Rich & Rustic Tomato Sauce and Carnation Condensed Milk Light from competition sponsor MAGGI by Nestle Professional.

Dawn Lillis, Chartwells' Regional Manager for East Sussex, said; "Alison and Symon Moth, Group Manager for East Sussex, worked tirelessly to prepare and train for this competition, and we are absolutely delighted with the results. People like Alison are at the heart of our business and we are incredibly proud that she will represent Chartwells at the national finals of this highly prestigious competition for school chefs." 

Peter Holman, Contracts Manager for Catering with East Sussex County Council said; "To be successful at such a prestigious competition takes great skill and dedication and I'm delighted for Alison. This achievement also reflects the outstanding work Alison and her colleagues continue to provide here in East Sussex to ensure that our pupils enjoy a high quality school meals service."

Leading school meals provider Chartwells, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has delivered school dining services to 164 primary schools and 16 secondary schools in East Sussex since 2007.

LACA's annual School Chef of the Year competition is a flagship event for school chefs to showcase their skills. The National Final of LACA's School Chef of the Year on May 23 2012, will see Alison battle it out against nine of the country's top school chefs at the Defence Foodservices School in Worthy Down. 

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For more information:
Tara Carroll, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Tel: 01895 554210 / 077 9856 6405
Email: tara.carroll@compass-group.co.uk