School chefs from across Wales are gearingup for the next round in the School Chef of the Year Competition taking placeon 6th February and Rhondda Cynon Taf’s very own finalist TraceyGibby, from Porth Junior School is all set to cook up a storm. The School Chef of theYear Competition is organised by the Local Authority Caterers Association(LACA) and is sponsored by Maggi from Nestle Professional.
Tracey was commended for the “outstanding”quality and nutritional value of her meals during the local heats, which tookplace at Porth County Community School kitchen in November, the four entrantswere: Karen Chilcott, from Tref y Rhyg Primary School, Sue John from YGGGLlantrisant, Tracey Gibby from Porth Junior School and Wendy Laing, fromCaradog Primary School.
Tracey fought off some tough competitionfrom her fellow colleagues in the Council’s Catering Services department andwas crowned Rhondda Cynon Taf’s School Chef of the Year.
Tracey scooped the top prize in the Rhondda Cynon Taf ‘heat’ with herdelicious menu of ’rheola’ rolled chicken with ‘sosban fach’ sauce, served with‘Rhondda’ roasts, duchess potato, and a carrot and leek bundle. She rounded-offher meal with mouth-watering ‘Porth’ puffs served with honey and snowflakedrizzle.
Tracey will be recreating this deliciousmenu during the Welsh Regional phase of the competition and hoping to win aplace in the National finals, which are sent to take place in May 2010.
Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Memberfor Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning said:
“We wish Tracey the best of luck in theWelsh finals and I am sure all will agree our school pupils are very lucky tobe served such delicious, high standard food by cooks across the CountyBorough.
“They are an asset to us and we hope pupilscontinue to indulge and enjoy school meals, especially now the proof is in thepudding, so to speak, in terms of the standard of our cooks.”