Kelso cook wins title

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Kim Watts from Kelso High School has been named Scottish School Cook of the Year.

Held at The Cook School Scotland in Ayrshire, the competition was open to catering staff employed by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Each entrant was given 90 minutes to produce a healthy and well balanced two-course meal designed to appeal to either primary or secondary school pupils and cost no more than £1.60 per meal.

The dishes were required to conform to minimum nutritional standards for school meals but also needed to exhibit creativity and flair.

Cook manager Kim’s menu consisted of a main course of Kelsae BBQ Beef Pie and a dessert of Coconut Delight Cake.

She said: “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.

“I asked them what kind of food they liked and from this information I was able to create these dishes, all made from local produce. This is what I believe made these the winning dishes.”

Scottish Borders Council Convener, Councillor Graham Garvie added: “Many congratulations to Kim on her outstanding achievement which she should be justifiably proud of.”