It was a case of “move over Nigella, here comes Kerry” this week at the Douglas Ewart High School when 34-year-old Kerry Hughan was crowned ‘Cook of the Year’ by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The school cook had to create a two-course meal for no more than 90p and her mouth-watering creations will now be incorporated in the school meals menu throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
Showing of her trophies at the school canteen this week, a proud as punch Kerry said: “I am delighted to win. I have been working here for three years and I just love it. I like dealing with the weans and there’s a great bunch of lassies here to work with and the council are good employers.
“My menu was a main course of sweet chilli chicken calzone. That was a pizza base, with the sweet chilli chicken in a sauce with a pizza topping. Then the whole thing was folded over. It was served with jewelled rice. That was garlic infused rice with mixed peppers through it.
“For the pud I created a custard and peach slice. It was like a turnover with puff pastry filled with the custard and peach mix.”
The council’s facilities management team launched ‘School Cook of the Year’ in June with two overall winners, one from the West and the other from the East of the region. There were four school entered from each side of the region and the cooks had to make four portions of each dish of their menu for the judges to taste.
Kerry, who lives in Newton Stewart, will now be asked for her input by her area manager regarding school meals.