A KIRKCUDBRIGHT Academy pupil has scooped The Rotary Club’s Young Chef area final title and will go through to the final round at the end of the month.
Hannah Wadsworth’s winning menu was supreme of chicken with a haggis filling served with a drambuie cream, sweet potato mash, and roasted vine tomatoes followed by apricot bread and butter pudding accompanied by a soft apricot coulis. Close runner-ip was Bob Stead from Douglas Ewart High School.
The competition was judged by Jamie Muirhead Head Chef at Cally Palace, Gatehouse and Ian Barron, Head Chef at the Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright.
Both judges were enthusiastic in their comments on the skills exhibited by the young chefs, their menu planning, their organisation and tidiness of their work. However, their biggest praise was reserved for the taste, textures and flavours of the dishes and sauces.
Thanks are due to Kirkcudbright Academy for providing the facilities and to the teachers who had enabled the students to attain cooking of such a high standard.
The Rotary Young Chef Competition was created to give young people the chance to show off their creative culinary talents, to promote healthy eating and to learn important life skills. The young chefs are judged on their healthy menu, planning and organisational skills, hygiene, preparation skills and, of course, the taste and presentation of the final dishes.
The winner, Hannah, goes through to the next round on 27th February, a Rotary District competition at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, which is followed by a Regional competition. The National Final takes place in April 2011 and the competition is sponsored nationally by Filippo Berio Olive Oil and locally by McMillan Hotels.