Rotary Young Chef - Regional Final

Rotary Young Chef - Regional Final

On Saturday 5th March, Megan Keith from Inverness and Matthew Turnbull from Dundee, travelled down to the West Lothian College, in Livingstone, to represent District 1010 in the Regional Final of the Rotary Young Chef of the Year.

Four other competitors, two from 1020 and two from 1230, were also competing. The college were very welcoming and Jean Lennie, District 1020 Young Chef Co-ordinator, was very kind and helpful to all the youngsters.

With everyone ready and raring to go, Jean set them off quarter of an hour early and the battle was on. Early on, Casey Mulholland tried to commit Hara-kiri with a potato peeler, mixing copious quantities of blood with an apple she was peeling! However, she soldiered on to take a brilliant third place and finished on time, despite taking the time out to treat the war wound.

Matthew and Megan both plated up their impressive menus on time. Megan’s seared scallops, wrapped in pancetta with black pudding and pea pesto; loin of Highland venison with parsnips; roast baby beetroot, fondant potato with a beetroot reduction; chocolate and salted caramel molten pudding, with caramelised pineapple, took your breath away. Matthew’s Thai inspired chilli three ways, was a masterful exploration of Oriental cooking; hot and sour prawn soup; Thai chilli chicken with jasmine rice, and bok choi with oyster sauce; bananas in chilli caramel, Persian ice cream flavoured with saffron and rose water, and an almond tuille, was superb!

Matthew finally was awarded second place and Emma Grant, a student from Cumbernauld (1020), came first.

It was another fantastic day and as usual, the competition attracted many talented young chefs.

Many thanks to Jean Lennie and Mike Halley DG 1010, who welcomed us all to a really enjoyable day, and ran an excellent Rotary event.