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Glenbervie Primary cook Jane Tennent emerged triumphant from the Aberdeenshire School Cook of the Year competition last week.

The judges were impressed with Jane’s offerings of a main of salmon and lentil dhal, served with broccoli and cajun flavoured sweet potato, and a dessert of pear and blueberry bread and butter pudding served with a custard sauce.

Jane will now go forward to represent Aberdeenshire at a regional final for the ASSIST Scottish School Cook of the Year 2012 title which will be held in Dundee on Monday, June 18.

Jane will test her skill against cooks from Tayside, Stirling, Borders and Fife Councils, with the top three cooks going forward to the Scottish final in Glasgow on Monday, August 20.

The competition was open to all school catering cooks with each of the finalists required to produce, in 90 minutes, a healthy and balanced two-course meal which would appeal to either primary or secondary school pupils at a cost of £1.50 per child. The winning dish had to conform to minimum nutritional standards and can be made up of poultry, meat, fish and non-meat proteins.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Catering Services Manager, Allan Doig, said: “The judges all agreed that it was a very close competition with the three cooks all producing excellent meals.

“However, one cook had to be selected to go forward to the regional stage of the national competition and Jane’s food had the edge. Her main course was that little bit different and, when all main dishes were nutritionally analysed, came out ahead. “She also made good use of locally sourced ingredients and after trying her meal out with pupils at Glenbervie School demonstrated that it would be popular choice with the pupils.

“I’m sure all the pupils will be rooting for her and I’d like to wish her the very best of luck in representing Aberdeenshire at the regional finals next month.”

Jane, who has been a school cook at Glenbervie for three years, said: “I couldn’t quite believe it myself when I won – the other two girls did a great job. I’ve always had a passion for cooking and like producing something a little bit different for the children – as a school cook you never get the same day twice!”