WINNING has become a habit for cook Lynn Pearson , pictured above, who has been named Durham School Chef of the Year for the fourth time.

The mother-of-three serves up 160 tasty meals a day from the kitchens of Wolsingham Primary School.

She has twice competed in the national finals of the competition organised by the Local Authority Caters Association and once missed the title by just one point. She won this year's Durham title with a colourful pasta dish, mini lamb burgers, mint raita and garlic mushrooms, followed by caramel apple and cinnamon sponge with sauce Anglaise. Entrants had 90 minutes to prepare a healthy and balanced two-course meal for 11-year-old diners, using ingredients costing 80p per portion.