Annalisa Grief, who works at West Winch Primary School in King’s Lynn, finished as a runner up at the national final for LACA’s School Chef of the Year (SCOTY).

At the finals on 5 March in Stratford-upon-Avon, the school cook was up against eleven other caterers from across the country.

Annalisa had to make four meals within 1 hour and 45 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 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.

On taking part in the competition, Annalisa said: “It has been a fantastic experience to compete with such a talented group of people.

“All of this just goes to prove what a good job school chefs do, day in, day out, up and down the country in providing tasty, nutritious meals for millions of children.”

Annalisa is determined to take part again next year and is already planning her 2021 School Chef of the Year menu!