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School chef takes home national award for school meals

School chef takes home national award for school meals

Francis Batt

School chef takes home national award for school meals

Lucky pupils at Old Windsor's Kings Court School can boast that their daily dinners are prepared by 'the best'.

Their school cook Corinne Du Preez has just taken the title of the Local Authorities Caters Association's School Chef of the Year for 2013.

The 47-year-old is used to preparing 95 meals a day for four to nine-year-olds at the village first school. But on Wednesday, May 15 she had to please an even tougher panel of judges at the LACA national finals held at the Defence Logistics School, Worthy Down in Hampshire.

She did it with a main course of poached fillet of pollock with Arabic salad and Tagine sauce served with coriander and garlic flatbreads, plus a dessert of Moroccan date and cinnamon cake - all prepared within a budget of £1.50 per child.

Corinne is employed by Caterlink for the Royal Borough, preparing around 95 meals a day for four to nine year olds.

As a mother-of-four, Corinne believes that meal times should be fun, using vibrant colours in her cooking.

Her varied career has included planning, producing and serving a five course meal to members of the royal family aboard a private aircraft charter to Moscow. 

She was one of 10 school chefs of the year finalists last year.

She said: “I was so proud to have won the national title.  All of this just goes to prove what a good job school chefs do, day in, day out, up and down the country to provide tasty, nutritious meals for millions of children.”

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