School cook battles to be best in the region

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A Rotherham cook is preparing for a clash in the kitchen to decide who will be crowned Yorkshire and Humber School Chef of the Year for 2014.

Kevin Hardman, who works at Maltby Academy, will take on female competition from schools in Doncaster and Whitby at the final this Friday, to be held at Doncaster College.

He will be keen to show his culinary creativity – but must produce a meal suitable for an 11-year-old spending no more than £1.60.

Kevin’s menu features British pork served with sage and apple dumplings, fresh vegetables and parsnip mash, followed by honey and lemon Bakewell tart with custard.

His rivals have in their armoury tasty treats such as sesame turkey bites, rhubarb panna cotta crunch and tempting toffee apple tart.

The judging panel will include Doncaster College lecturer Chris Waddington, an education catering expert, a dietician and two 11-year-olds – Kian Lee and Emma Marsh, both from a local junior school.

The live cook-off will take place over 90 minutes, with the winner announced an hour later.

He or she will go forward to the national finals to be held in May.