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School dinner cooks compete for Chef of the Year

School dinners have come a long way since turkey twizzlers and soggy semolina as cooks compete for school chef of the year. Photo: ITV News Anglia

School dinners have come a long way since turkey twizzlers and soggy semolina as cooks compete for school chef of the year.

Market terrine served with a range of sides followed up with a vegetable brownie with coconut custard and strawberry jam may sound like something from a top restaurant.

But it's what a school chef from Hertfordshire served up in a prestigious cooking competition.

The school chefs were tasked with making a main course and pudding for £1.60. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Annette Graham, who works at Roger de Clare First School in Puckeridge near Bishop's Stortford has already been named East of England School Chef of the Year.

At the national finals she was highly commended for her main course.

The school dinners had to past muster with tasters from Year 6. Credit: ITV News

The ten chefs taking part had just an hour and a half to cook up their menu which consists of a main course and dessert.

They've been told it has to appeal to 11-year-olds for a maximum cost of £1.60 per portion.

And, of course, it has to be nutritious and it has to be tasty. "

Click below to watch a report by Lauren Hall

An example of some of the school dinners in the competition. Credit: ITV News
The ten chefs taking part had just an hour and a half to cook up their menu. Credit: ITV News