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Devon Norse Kitchen Manager at SCOTY 2018 regional finals

January 2018

Devon Norse Kitchen Manager at Hemyock Primary School, Jacqui Richie recently took part in the South West Finals of SCOTY 2018 (School Chef Of The Year).


In the first round of cook-offs Jacqui beat off competition to secured a place in the finals for the South West region, up against 10 other managers from kitchens across the region.


The competition took place on Tuesday 16 January in Bristol, attracting media attention from both the BBC and ITV West Country in attendance, and with Radio Exe interviewing Jacqui the day before.


The rule for the regional finals was to cook a 2-course meal, main and dessert, incurring minimal cost while also including fruit and vegetables in both courses, to meet the 10-a-day mandate.


Jacqui’s theme was “Around the World”, meaning that she included various flavours and ingredients from different parts of the globe.


Jacqui’s main course was a ‘Mexican Basket’ a tasty Mexican chilli served in a homemade tortilla basket, Mediterranean Yellow Rice with apricots and pomegranates, and fresh garden salad.



This was followed by a Hawaiian Cake, made from a rich sponge cake with pieces of pineapple (Jacquie also sneakily disguised cooked cabbage into the sponge mix as an excellent way to consume more vegetables).


Although she did not win the regional final, Jacqui did receive a participation certificate and has vowed to come back fighting next year.


Jude Alford, Key Account Manager for Devon Norse, who joined Jacqui on the day for support, said; “Jacqui was so well organised, and she did tremendously well. She was nervous but she put that aside and cooked great quality food and her presentation was out of this world.  We are determined to win next year.”