Douglas Ewart High School pupil Laura Brown knew how to wow the judges to gain first place in The Rotary Young Chef Area Final competition on Tuesday.
Laura was one of 10 pupils from across the region to gather at Kirkcudbright Academy to show off her talents as part of the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright’s annual competition.
The challenge was to cook a healthy two course meal for two people. Very few marks separated all 10 contestants.
Laura’s menu was “A Taste of the Sea” – locally sourced, pan seared sea bass on a bed of fennel and lemon risotto with a dill dressing and “Chocolate Mousse Duo” – a light, delicate chocolate mousse served with balsamic strawberries topped with spun sugar.
The competition was judged by Tom Kirkpatrick, well-known Stewartry chef and Martin Avey Del Amitri Restaurant in Annan.
The judges said were truly astounded by the dishes produced by the students and they commented on the extraordinarily high standard of the competition. They were also impressed by the skills and application shown by the students. There is no doubt that the Home Economics Department at all the schools are to be congratulated for developing such talented young chefs.
Laura and runner up Ailsa Morton from Wallace Hall Academy, Thornhill will now go through to the next round, the Rotary District Competition, at West Lothian College, Livingston on 31st January followed by a regional and finally national competitions.