Fourteen-year-old Angus Dunn, a third-year pupil from Ardnamurchan High School, has won the West of Scotland heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition. This competition is open to school pupils in the 51 Rotary Club districts that stretch from Wigtownshire in the south to Fort Augustus in the north and includes the City Of Glasgow.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and develop creativity in young people, including creativity in the kitchen. Cooking among young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill and the challenge of this event is to prepare in two hours a three-course healthy meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £15.

Angus impressed the judges with his pasta based starter of haggis-filled tortellini with a fresh pesto sauce, followed by the main course of west coast inspired smoked mackerel on wilted spinach with gratin dauphinoise. For dessert, Angus presented the judges with a mouth watering tiramisu with sugared almonds. This three-course combination was judged the winner. Rotary District Governor Gary Louttit said, “Well done Angus, I was delighted to be able to present Angus with the Winner’s Trophy”.

Angus is now preparing for the next stage of this national competition. He said “I really was surprised to win and am looking forward to the next round. Pasta is my favourite food and I am glad I have learnt to make it now”.

Lochaber Rotary Club is very proud of Angus’ considerable achievement and wishes him well in the national final where he will be flying the flag for Lochaber and for Ardnamurchan High School. Club President Donald McCorkindale added “I know Angus, and know him to be a talented young man. I was delighted to hear of his success in the District Young Chef Competition and wish him well in the next stage at Alnwick – the Scotland and North of England heat”


District Governor Gary Louttit presents Angus with the Winner’s Trophy

Angus with his winning 3-course meal for two costing under £15