Rotary young chef wins cash

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KIRKCUDBRIGHT Academy’s Katie Sproat gained first place in The Rotary Young Chef competition organised by the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright last week.

There was a healthy entry of eight pupils each cooking a two course meal for two, using local ingredients, all for under £10, and fifth year pupil Katie’s winning menu was pheasant wrapped in Parma ham with sun dried tomato sauce, garlic potatoes and steamed broccoli followed by Scottish heather honey and Drambuie parfait accompanied by a rhubarb and ginger compote.

The competition was judged by Tom Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick’s Restaurant, Paul Wilkinson from The Castle restaurant in Kirkcudbright and Peter Wimbush from The Rotary Club. The judges were astounded by the dishes produced and Paul commented after the event: “The standard of cooking at this event just keeps on improving every year and the quality of food is quite fantastic. Ms Porteus is also to be congratulated for continuing to develop such talented young chefs.”

Katie took third place in last year’s competition. Runner up was Rebecca MacTaggart, also a fifth year student and third was Kate Barr. All three received cash prizes. The certificate for best table setting was won by Reece Cain. The prizes were presented by Rotary President Roger Jones.

Rotary worked closely with the Home Economics Department at Kirkcudbright Academy and particular thanks are again due to Isla Porteous for her enthusiastic support of the event.

Both Katie and Rebecca will now assist Tom Kirkpatrick at the Kirkcudbright Food Festival which will take place on 22nd and 23rd October.

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. Eight students from the Academy took part in this year’s local competition. The winner, Katie, will go through to the next round, a Rotary Area Competition, which is followed by a District and a Regional competition. The National Final takes place in April 2012 and the competition is sponsored nationally by Filippo Berio Olive Oil and locally by McMillan Hotels.