Hampshire County Council Catering Services

30 years at HC3S

Take a trip though time and find out more about some of our longest-serving members of staff

Alison Dombrick - 9 years

During the day she works as our Unit Supervisor at Bentley C of E Primary School cooking up to 160 meals from scratch a day in a small kitchen, ably assisted by her assistant Wendy. Alison also voluntarily runs the popular school cookery club making fresh pasta and where she can show the children that her real passion is baking. She continuously strives to improve her skills and successfully enters competitions. Find out more about Alison and her competition wins.

Alison, one of our cook supervisors who entered three children from her cookery club at Bentley C of E Primary School into the McDougall’s Young Bakers competition, says: “I love my job because of the homemade food we make. My school in Alton has great staff that make me feel appreciated and the children are so lovely. So that makes me feel proud to be their cook.” 

She has entered the competition for School Chef of the Year several times. With her first entry she was thrilled to win the ‘best pudding’ category with my chocolate and beetroot brownie. On the third occasion that she entered, Alison won the regional heat, getting through to nationals. Although she didn’t get placed further, she felt the experience was fabulous. She intended to retire this year, but now thinks she might be persuaded to try again with some help and advice from her colleagues. 

In 2018 Alison entered the Finishing Touches competition, a national baking event for school caterers. She achieved a bronze for apple pie and chocolate truffles and a merit for her tray bake. In 2019, she also got bronze for her cheesecake and merit for her biscuits.

Alison Dombrick