Primary school chef to battle it out in bake-off

Overdale Primary School Chef Ashley Oliver with her Fig for Victory dessert. Picture by Richard Ponter 150216a.
Overdale Primary School Chef Ashley Oliver with her Fig for Victory dessert. Picture by Richard Ponter 150216a.

A Scarborough school cook is hoping to beat more than just eggs when she battles it out in the Yorkshire And Humber School Chef of the Year competition.

Ashley Oliver, who is the caterer at Overdale Primary School, in Eastfield, is hoping to impress the judges with her creative dish, which was inspired by the Bombardment of Scarborough.

She will compete against two other chefs and prepare a healthy, balanced two-course menu - Boiled Beef and carrots and Fig for Victory - using local ingredients that were available during World War One.

Mrs Oliver, from Newlands, said: “I adore being a school chef. I’m very passionate about feeding children healthy meals.

“I chose the Bombardment as the theme because it had such a huge impact on Scarborough. I was inspired by a lot of things I saw the children in the town doing for the anniversary.”

Mrs Oliver has worked at Overdale for a year, but gained her catering skills at Hackness Primary School.

She said: “I have no catering background so I’m proud I’ve got to the final.

“I love working with the kids and they’ve been very helpful with sampling the food and giving me feedback. They have also grown some herbs for me.

“I’m in it to win it. I’ll bring the trophy back to Scarborough.”