At the ASSIST FM Conference Gala Dinner, the winner of the prestigious Scottish School Cook of the Year Competition 2019 was announced as Maria Millar from Knox Academy in East Lothian Council. Maria also came third in 2018’s competition and won the accolade in 2017!
For the Cook-off at The Cook School Scotland, Kilmarnock, Maria served up two delicious and healthy dishes of Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce served with Primavera Rice and Three Milk Cake to become one of the top 3 finalists alongside Eleanor Geddes of East Ayrshire Council and Ann Marie Logan of Scottish Borders Council. The top 3 finalists then had to serve up their dishes during their school lunch service in order for the judges to ensure that their dishes are school compliant as well as to gauge the reception from school pupils.
The competition was judged by representatives of ASSIST FM, Alan Russell from Muller Milk & Ingredients who sponsor the competition, two secondary school pupils and Scotland’s National Chef and Masterchef the Professionals winner, Gary Maclean.
This year, Gary Maclean expressed that the dishes presented were of an extraordinary calibre and were restaurant quality. Well done to all the of this year’s finalists and huge congratulations to Maria Millar!