Appeal for young master chefs

Brian McLeish, BBC Masterchef finalist and Head Chef of the Moonfish Caf� in Aberdeen, will be battling it out against celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, at this year's festival
Brian McLeish, BBC Masterchef finalist and Head Chef of the Moonfish Caf� in Aberdeen, will be battling it out against celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, at this year's festival

Quality Meat Scotland and Taste of Grampian have joined forces to find the best aspiring young chef in the region.

This year the competition is based on Visit Scotland’s Year of food and drink, contestants will be asked to create two dishes inspired by June’s theme of ‘The Future of Food’.

Young chefs aged between 16 and 19 will use the best ingredients from the region to showcase their skills to produce inspiring dishes to impress the judges.

The competition is open to working commis chefs, college pupils and school pupils.

The final will take place at the Taste of Grampian festival on Saturday, June 6 at Thainstone Centre in Inverurie and will be judged by award-winning cook and food writer, Lady Claire Macdonald.

The winner will receive a Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland Scholarship tailored to their future career; a £200 voucher for kitchen equipment; and a signed cook book.

The silver award winner will receive a £100 voucher with the shortlist receiving a £50 voucher.

Full details on how to apply are available on the Taste of Grampian website at www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk.

Entry is free and the deadline is Friday, May 8.