Lochaline’s Helen cooks up a storm in Rotary young chef contest

Helen Jones, pictured, won the Rotary Young Chef District final earlier this month. NO-F09-Helen-Jones.jpg

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Ardnamurchan High School first-year pupil Helen Jones, who hails from Lochaline, is celebrating after taking first place in the Rotary
Young Chef district final earlier this month.

Staged in East Kilbride, the event saw Helen keep her nerves in check to
produce what was described as an ‘amazing’ three-course meal for two people in just two hours.

The young culinary star cooked smoked mackerel cannelloni with a beetroot and horseradish remoulade and sauce vierge, followed by braised chicken with haggis, neeps and tatties, savoy cabbage and bacon with roast baby onion jus.  Her dessert was a pear tarte tatin with vanilla ice-cream and tuile biscuit.

Patricia Kennedy, who has guided a significant number of pupils from Ardnamurchan High to success with the young chef competitions over many years, accompanied Helen and Donald Young of Lochaber Rotary Club to the district final.

Ms Kennedy told us: ‘We couldn’t have done it without the help and mentoring from Gary Phillips, head chef at Kilcamb Lodge, Strontian, who set the menu, provided the recipes and mentored Helen.

‘A big thanks go also to Helen’s parents for their support and to Donald Young of Lochaber Rotary Club for organising the competition and supporting us in East Kilbride.’

Helen now goes forward to the Scottish and North of England regional final in Stirling on March 7.