A taste of the final for Jas Smith in The School Chef of the Year

Our very own MetMUncher, Jas Smith, is currently on a working placement with Manchester Fayre, Manchester City Council’s catering service, which supplies over 27,500 great value, nutritious meals in nursery, primary and secondary schools and social care facilities across Manchester each day.

Jas has been working alongside Cheryl Allen, one of Manchester Fayres Unit Managers based at St. Mary’s C of E Primary, Moston. Together they worked on an entry for The School Chef of the Year 2019. This is a national competition designed to show off school catering and the skill of our school chefs. Entry included designing, preparing and cooking an imaginative, two-course menu suitable for school children, compliant with the School Food Standards, costings, and other competition rules.

Their main course is a Beef Scone Whirl with vegetable accompaniments and meaty gravy.

The second course is a Peach Custard Tart, with a Fruity Salsa and Edible Flower Decoration.


Dishes were based around providing a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and to ensure even the fussiest of eaters don’t miss out on health protecting nutrients, locally sourced fruits, and vegetables were finely chopped to disguise them in the Whirl to help ensure all children achieve a nutrient inclusive diet.

Jas and Cheryl made it through to the National Final but unfortunately they just missed out on top spot. A huge congratulations goes out to the creative pair as this is a great achievement and one they should be very proud of!

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