Beverley Paterson, from Chirnside Primary School, beat school cooks from across the UK to win the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition.
Her one pot leek and mustard vegetarian hot pot impressed the judges in the final cook off, on May 28.
The competition challenged school cooks to create their own one pot recipe. Each recipe had to be cooked in one pot and balanced with protein, vegetables and a Simply potato product.
After an overwhelming response, five finalists were chosen to cook for a panel of industry experts in a MasterChef-style cook off, where Beverley took the top prize.
Judge Adele Procter said: “The standard was fantastic but Beverley’s recipe just had the edge. She had really considered all aspects of the dish, using her experience to incorporate flavours and textures she knows are popular with pupils. ”
Beverley said: “I still can’t quite believe I have won! There was some tough competition as all the finalists’ recipes looked fantastic. One pot recipes work really well for us so we will be trying all of them on the menu at school.
“It has been great fun getting involved and I would really recommend that school cooks enter next year. It’s a chance to get creative, meet cooks from around the country and pick up lots of small tips and tricks that make a big difference to day-to-day service.”
Beverley will receive a culinary trip for two to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ as her prize.