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
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.
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.