Young Mintlaw chef finalist at Taste of Grampian

The four finalists in the Taste of Grampian Aspiring Young Chef competition, Brogan Tilney, Louise Lee, Betsy Pepper and Kipras Preidys with Chef Nick Nairn at Taste of Grampian
The four finalists in the Taste of Grampian Aspiring Young Chef competition, Brogan Tilney, Louise Lee, Betsy Pepper and Kipras Preidys with Chef Nick Nairn at Taste of Grampian

Two North East Scotland College students won gold and silver awards in the Taste of Grampian Aspiring Young Chef competition.

The four finalists battled it out in cook-offs at the Taste of Grampian event at Thainstone on Saturday, June 7.

The overall winner was Brogan Tilney who impressed the judges with her exceptional dishes which included a main of Rib Eye of Scotch Beef.

Runner-up was Louise Lee who served herb crusted pave of lamb for her main.

The other finalists were Kipras Preidys of the Scottish Lighthouse Museum and Mintlaw Academy pupil Betsy Pepper.

The award has been established to encourage young people to consider a culinary career and to kindle a passion for top quality local produce among chefs of the future.

Entrants were required to devise a menu and recipes consisting of their chosen starter and main course.

Their menu had to showcase seasonal Grampian produce, where possible sourced from local suppliers,

Entrants were also asked to strongly reflect the theme of “Homecoming” in their menu choice by considering what visitors to the area would want to experience when sampling local Scottish food.

Among the judges of the cook-off at Taste of Grampian was award-winning cook and food writer Lady Claire Macdonald.

The winner and runner-up received a cheque for £200 for the purchase of food preparation equipment, with the third and fourth placed finalists each receiving a £50 voucher.