Norse Catering’s Annalisa Grief, who works at West Winch Primary School in King’s Lynn, has won the regional competition for the LACA School Chef of the Year.

The school cook was up against three other caterers from across East Anglia, including last year’s regional finalist.

Annalisa had to make four meals within 90 minutes, consisting of mains and desserts that would appeal to an 11 year old while sticking to a budget of just £1.30 per meal.

Her winning menu was chicken shawarma kebab with flatbread, Turkish slaw, summer couscous and a cool lemon dressing followed by cherry yogurt mousse on a brownie base with a blackcurrant glaze, coulis and tuile biscuit.

Annalisa has been practising her menus at home and in school, much to the delight of the children and staff at West Winch!

Mark Oldridge, Headteacher at West Winch Primary School said: “The whole school is so proud of Annalisa’s achievement, it’s a pleasure working with her each day and her commitment to Norse and our school is exemplary. An outstanding result for an outstanding cook!”

Norse Catering Director, Andrew Lispcomb added: “We are absolutely thrilled with the results. We’ve always known Annalisa is a fantastic school cook, but it is great that her culinary talents have recognised in such a prestigious competition.”

Annalisa now goes forward to compete in the competition’s national finals against 11 other school chefs on 5 March.