Chef’s dish is a rail winner

East Coast chef Ann-Marie Beattie has won the rail operarator’s inaugural Chef of the Year competition.

Ann-Marie’s tarragon chicken and seasonal vegetables followed by an Irish cream cheesecake impressed students at Manor Church of England Academy near York, who helped to judge the competition.

More than 50 chefs took part in the competition which will see the winning dishes introduced to East Coast’s on-board menu later next year.

Former Army Chef, Ann-Marie, from Newcastle, said: “I’ve got more than 1,000 cookery books but I’ve tried this recipe before and it always goes down well. It all went better than I expected, which I was surprised at considering the short time we had to prepare and produce the dishes.”

East Coast’s catering product manager Ian Allison added: “The five shortlisted chefs have all worked extremely hard to reach the final stage. The strict budget and time available for them to create their dishes means they’ve all had to be extremely creative.”