Video: How to cook for a school full of hungry 11 year-olds (for £1.25 each)

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A DINNER lady from Scunthorpe is enjoying the sweet taste of success after being crowned Yorkshire and Humber School Chef of the Year 2012.

Audrey Harris, a cook at St Bede’s Secondary School, beat off competition from two-times winner Kath Breckon at the regional final at Hull College yesterday.

Dinner ladies Audrey Harris, left, and Katherine Breckon before going head to head in the Yorkshire and Humber school chef of the year 2012 finals

Dinner ladies Audrey Harris, left, and Katherine Breckon before going head to head in the Yorkshire and Humber school chef of the year 2012 finals

She now goes forward to the national final being held in Winchester in May.

The pair had 90 minutes to prepare a two-course meal suitable for an 11-year-old and costing no more than £1.25.

Audrey’s winning dish, which is already being served up in schools in the Scunthorpe area, featured a tortilla basket filled with chicken and vegetables in a tomato sauce.

The cook-off took place before a panel of judges including two pupils from Victoria Dock Primary School in Hull, Megan Batterbee, 10, and Jiayuan Feng, 11.

Mrs Harris, 48, who had never entered a catering competition before, thought the fact her menu featured fresh vegetables grown by students at her school in the summer helped.

She added: “I am absolutely amazed and a little bit tearful. I didn’t think I was going to win because Kath produced a beautiful dish.”

Take up of school meals continues to rise according to statistics - with more than 3m children now having a school lunch every day.