Young Chef Angus Dunn 2018

Young Chef Angus Dunn 2018

Hard on the heels of winning the Lochaber-wide heat, followed by topping the judges’ poll in the West of Scotland stage, fourteen-year-old Angus Dunn from Strontian was a runner-up in the All-Scotland & North of England heat, narrowly missing out on a place in the UK finals.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage and develop creative and value-for-money cookery in young people – a valuable and highly employable life skill in today’s world.  Angus, along with his mother Justine and Trish Kennedy from Ardnamurchan High School, joined the Lochaber Rotary Club at its evening business meeting on 6 June when Past President Donald Young, who co-ordinates the Lochaber leg of the competition, presented Angus with his trophy.

Club President Donald McCorkindale congratulated Angus and said that the Club was very proud that a local lad had progressed so far in this national competition. He added, “I know Angus and know him to be a talented young man”. Angus has benefitted from support and training from chef Gary Phillips of Kilcambe Lodge Hotel as well as encouragement from his mother and Trish.Trish is the Young Chef Mentor at the school and liaises with the Rotary Club in running the popular competition. On behalf of the school, Trish said “We are extremely proud of Angus’ achievement. He worked extremely hard at home practising and refining his recipes and his wins in the earlier stages and runner-up at this national stage were well deserved”.

photo – Young Chef Angus Dunn, Club President Donald McCorkindale; Trish Kennedy, Young Chef Mentor, Ardnamurchan High School; Justine Dunn, Angus’ mother; President-Elect Iain Johnston; Past President Donald Young, Co-ordinator of the Young Chef Competition

STRONTIAN YOUNGSTER WINS WEST OF SCOTLAND HEAT  IN “ROTARY YOUNG CHEF” COMPETITION Jan 28th 2018

STRONTIAN YOUNGSTER WINS WEST OF SCOTLAND HEAT  IN “ROTARY YOUNG CHEF” COMPETITION Jan 28th 2018

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”

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

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

Rotary Young Chef of the Year Final November 14th 2017

Rotary Young Chef of the Year Final November 14th 2017

The final was held at Ardnamurchan High School on 14th November. Angus Dunn took first place, and the title and trophy of Rotary Young Chef of the Year, while Katie MacGillivray shared the runner-up position and trophy with a pupil from Mallaig High School. Angus will go forward to the District Final of Rotary Young Chef in East Kilbride in January while Katie will represent Ardnamurchan High School at the local final of the Springboard Future Chef competition in Fort William, also in January.

Well done to both and thanks to parents and Michael Campbell, WHC tutor for their support. Thanks to Donald Young, Marine Harvest sponsor represented by Rosie Curtis, Brian Hume and local Head Chef Gary Phillips of Kilcamb Lodge Hotel.

Young Chef Competition Sept 5th 2017

Young Chef Competition Sept 5th 2017

The quest to find this year’s Young Chef of the Year commenced at Ardnamurchan High School on Monday, September 25th.  The standard of cooking was excellent, especially considering that there were five fifth year pupils and two third-year pupils participating.  The judges were Rotarian Donald Young and Rosie Curtis from Marine Harvest who, on completion of the salmon dishes, immediately checked that they had been cooked correctly. All were.The winner was Katie MacGillivray with the main dish of fillet of salmon in an Asian marinate with noodles and a vegetable stack and with a dessert of lemon meringue soufflé with fresh cream. Runner-up was Angus Dunn with a starter of Bruschetta on ciabatta and with a main of Carbonara with freshly made tagliatelle and wild chanterelle mushrooms.  The other five competitors were Calum McIntyre, Rona McIntyre, Alex MacKinnon, Archie Green and Kirsty MacDonald.

Thanks to all the competitors, judges Donald and Rosie and to Ardnamurchan High School for their enthusiasm.