8 December 1995


ANN GATES from Pennington Infants School, Lymington, Hants, is the 1995 British Meat National School Cook of the Year.

She won the title and £2500 towards a holiday in the second event and the first national competition to be held in the MLCs new catering development kitchen.

The annual contest is organised by the Local Authority Catering Association and each of the eight finalists had to prepare a two-course meal, a main course featuring British meat and a pudding, for 50p or less per cover.

Egon Ronay chef of the year Nigel Howarth of Northcote Manor, Langho, Lancs, chaired the judging panel which included top chefs, representatives of the association, the School Nutrition Action Group and British Meat, and three pupils from local schools.

Anns main course was "Hurdle Gate Pie" made from finely chopped British pork and bacon wrapped in filo pastry and decorated with scrunched up pastry sheets. This she served with "Rainbow vegetables", a selection which included red cabbage, carrots and courgettes.

For dessert she served her schoolchildrens favourite: "Ednas apple mousse with bramble sauce".

Second prize winner was Nicola Simmon from Billericay School, Essex, who received £500 worth of gift vouchers. In third place was Sarah Joseph from Kent Special Schools who won £300 worth of vouchers.

British Meat National School Cook of the Year Ann Gates with Hurdle Gate Pie, made with sausage and bacon, and Rainbow vegetables.