Sharon named North West ‘School Chef of the Year’

Sharon Hornby, winner of the LACA School Chef of the Year Regional Final.
Sharon Hornby, winner of the LACA School Chef of the Year Regional Final.

A cook from a Wyre school is celebrating after winning the regional final of the School Chef of the Year competition.

Sharon Hornby, from St Chad’s Primary School in Poulton-le-Fylde, has cooked her way to the national final in March next year.

She battled it out against four cooks from primary schools across the North West in the regional heat.

The event is run by the Local Authority Caterers Association, and is open to all kitchen-based staff who are involved in the daily preparation of school meals.

Sharon cooked her signature dish of Italian chicken wrapped in bacon with a rich tomato sauce, dauphinoise potatoes with a lemon and herb crust and carrot and poppy seed salad, followed by a courgette, coconut and lime sponge.

She said: “I was really nervous about the regional final. Thankfully everything went to plan. I still can’t believe that I won the regional heat, let alone that I’m going to be competing next against school cooks nationally.

“I’ll really focus and do as well as I can when I’m representing Lancashire in the national finals.”

Cooks had to produce a healthy, balanced two-course meal in one hour and a half on a limited budget of £1.60, suitable for serving to primary school children.