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Pupils cook up treat for their favourite chef

CHEFS SPECIAL ... Bridget McCulla is presented with her plaque by Coun Joan Atkinson and Jarrow School prefects, Chloe Ord, 15, and Rhys Snaith, 16.

CHEFS SPECIAL ... Bridget McCulla is presented with her plaque by Coun Joan Atkinson and Jarrow School prefects, Chloe Ord, 15, and Rhys Snaith, 16.

PUPILS at a South Tyneside school cooked up a special celebration for their favourite super-chef.

Students at Jarrow School, in Field Terrace, took part in the event for school cook Bridget McCulla, who recently won the North East and Scotland round of the LACA School Chef of the Year 2014 contest, held at Gateshead College.

The talented cook-in-charge will now compete for the top title in the finals of the competition, in Winchester, Hampshire, on May 21.

To thank their school cook for her outstanding achievement and wish her well in the final, South Tyneside Council’s catering service joined the students to mark her success with a special celebration during the school’s lunchtime service.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families with South Tyneside Council, who presented Mrs McCulla with a plaque, said: “Well done to Bridget on this fantastic achievement.

“She has done extremely well to get to the finals and to be recognised for her cooking skills at this level is fabulous. We are all very proud of her. We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding cook like Bridget.

“She is a wonderful ambassador for our catering service, and for the many staff who work really hard to create exciting, tasty and healthy dishes for our thousands of pupils.”

Mrs McCulla, 44, who wowed judges with her Indonesian-style fish dish, said: “I’m thrilled to get through to the finals.

“I’ve been trying for the last four years, so to get this far in the competition is brilliant, especially given the standard is so high and those taking part work really hard.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without all the support I’ve had from the council’s catering service, school catering staff, my family and, of course, the students, who have been fantastic.

“The award has been a real team effort and so I’d like to thank them all.”

Mrs McCulla, who has worked at Jarrow School since October 2009, previously worked for 18 years as catering manager at Bede’s World, Jarrow.

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