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School chef up for BBC Cook of the Year Food and Farming Award

Tony Mulgrew at Ravenscliffe High School, who has been shortlisted for the BBC Cook of the Year award.

Tony Mulgrew at Ravenscliffe High School, who has been shortlisted for the BBC Cook of the Year award.

A Halifax high school chef has been shortlisted in the Cook of the Year BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.

Ravenscliffe High School’s nominated Tony Mulgrew is one of three finalists of over 6,000 entrants.

Mr Mulgrew has worked as a chef at the Skircoat Green special school for two years and in that time, headteacher Martin Moorman said Tony and his team have revolutionised Ravenscliffe school meals and their efforts have been awarded with a Food for Life gold award. The ethically conscious chef is a major figure in the Soil Association’s Food for life Partnership and in his previous position at Todmorden High School he was one of the founders of Incredible Edible Todmorden.

BBC judges Alberto Cristi and Gabriel Scally visited Tony in school on International Food Day where he was rustling up cuisines from around the world.

Chair of judging panel Valentine Warner said: “If anyone thinks the food renaissance is confined to a few select areas, the finalists are proof they’re wrong.”

Mr Mulgrew said: “I source all local meats and suppliers which promotes local business in Calderdale. It’s about fuelling students with good quality ingredients.

“I was surprised to learn I’d been put forward - it’s very humbling. It’s such an honour that people recognise what I’m doing - I just come to work to do my job as best I can.”

Mr Mulgrew said original dinner lady Jeanette Orrey MBE inspired him to reinvigorate school dinners.

Programme host Sheila Dillon said: “What’s striking this year is the number of nominations telling us about the work with young people.”

Mr Mulgrew will attend the Bristol final on May 1.

 

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