When it comes to cooking up a winning formula for success in the kitchen, Kelso High School cook manager Kim Watts has the right recipe.
Because Kim has just been named Scottish School Cook of the Year after taking top spot in a competition to find the best of the country’s school kitchen specialists.
Held at The Cook School Scotland in Ayrshire, the event was open to catering staff employed by all 32 Scottish local authorities.
Each entrant was given 90 minutes to produce a healthy two-course meal designed to appeal to either primary or secondary school pupils, and which cost no more than £1.60.
The dishes were required to conform to minimum nutritional standards for school meals, but also needed to exhibit creativity and flair.
Kim’s menu consisted of Kelsae BBQ Beef Pie and a dessert of Coconut Delight Cake.
“I had great pleasure in devising these recipes which I did after talking to a number of children from both Kelso High and Sprouston Primary,” a delighted Kim told us.
“I asked them what they liked and from this information was able to create these dishes, all made from local produce. This is what I believe made these winning dishes.”
Praising Kim, Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie added: “The standard of catering provided in all the council’s school kitchens is renowned for its quality and it is heartening to see this being recognised at national level.”