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Aspiring young chefs from across Lochaber descended on Ardnamurchan High School last Tuesday to demonstrate their cookery skills and bid for the prestigious title of Lochaber Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year.
The annual competition, which is open to students in full-time education between ages 11 and 17 on August 31, 2018, in all four high schools in Lochaber, was won by 14-year old Connie MacLennan from Lochaber High School.
S3 pupil Connie, from Claggan in Fort William, wowed the judges with her Scottish-themed starter of quennels of smoked mackerel pate on chicory stalks, a main course of Ben Nevis chicken, and a Sicilian-inspired dessert of lemon curd cream.
Depute Head Teacher Elizabeth Gow commented: ‘Connie really enjoyed the competition. She found it tough but was very pleased with winning.
‘She is really looking forward to the next heat and is already in discussion with her Home Economics teacher regarding her menu.’
Runner-up in the Lochaber-wide competition was Katie MacGillivray, also 14, from Acharacle.
Katie is in Class S2 at Ardnamurchan High School. Trish Kennedy, business team leader at the school and mentor to the young chef entrants, said: ‘We were delighted to host the final of Young Chef of the Year competition on Tuesday.
‘Our most successful chef was Katie who took the runner-up trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations to her and to the other young chefs who worked so hard for the competition.’
Rotary Club president Iain Johnston added: ‘Our Young Chef Competition is now well-established in Lochaber and we are grateful for the year-on-year sponsorship from Marine Harvest.
‘The standard of food produced this year was exceptional and we congratulate and thank Connie and Katie, and all the participants, for their hard work and creative cookery.’
CAPTION: Club President Iain Johnston presenting the winner’s trophy to Connie MacLennan from Lochaber High School.
NO F50 – young chef Connie