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Denise beats sister to school chef title.

Byline: By Mike Bradley

A CATERING manager has been cooking up a storm to scoop the prestigious honour of Dudley's School Chef Of The Year.

And Denise Locke won the award after serving up a treat in a cooking contest - beating her own sister.

Denise, catering manager at Bishop Milner Catholic School in Burton Road, Dudley, is through to the regional heat of the national competition.

The 45-year-old, who has worked for Dudley Catering and Client Services for 26 years, had to magic up a healthy main course and pudding for four with a budget of just pounds 1.10 a head. She was given 1 1/2 hours to cook up a balanced two-course meal that would appeal to 11-year-olds.

She went head-to-head with her sister Helen Griffith, cook at High Arcal School, and Helen Jackson, school chef at Hurst Green Primary.

Her winning recipe was papillote pork seasoned with apricot and orange, accompanied by a medley of summer vegetables, and roasted sweet potatoes. It was followed by oaty pear and strawberry, a combination of fruit and oats served with yogurt and chocolate sauce.

Denise said: "I am thrilled to be Dudley's School Chef of the Year even though it meant beating my sister!"

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