Dagenham cook reaches final of national cooking competition

PUBLISHED: 14:36 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:36 05 May 2015

Lisa Michelle Morris

Lisa Michelle Morris


A school chef rose to the occasion and has advanced to the national final of a cooking competition.

Lisa Michelle Morris’s Tangy Moroccan Turkey Tagine dish secured her her place as one of the final five competitors in the McCain Foods Simply One Pot Meal competition.

The competition challenges schools to show off their creativity in the kitchen by creating a dish that can be made in one pot.

“I’m overwhelmed, I cannot believe I have made it through to the national final of such a high profile competition,” Lisa said.

“I am extremely proud to represent both my school and Barking and Dagenham School Catering Services.

“I tested my sweet and spicy turkey tagine recipe on both students and staff. I was nervous to see what they thought, but fortunately they all said they loved it. I couldn’t be happier.”

Participants had to create a recipe using just the McCain Simply range of potato products and it had to be complaint with school food standards and cost no more than 80p per portion.

The cook supervisor at Manor Longbridge Primary School, in Longbridge Road, Dagenham, will now travel to Worcestershire on May 28 for the final and, if she wins, will receive a culinary trip for two to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ and her recipe will be published in a series of recipe sheets, along with the other finalist’s dishes.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education and schools, said: “Our school cooks are committed to providing nutritious meals and encouraging healthy eating in schools.

“Lisa is an excellent example of the calibre of creative and talented staff we have working in our school kitchens.”

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