Mintlaw pupil Betsy reaches Futurechef final

Betsy Pepper of Mintlaw receives the Regional Winners award from Willie Massie of sponsors Baxter Storey.'Pic - Phil Downie
Betsy Pepper of Mintlaw receives the Regional Winners award from Willie Massie of sponsors Baxter Storey.'Pic - Phil Downie

A PUPIL from Mintlaw Academy has reached the national final of a cooking competition.

Betsy Pepper won the North of Scotland regional award and will face 12 other finalists at the national competition in London on Monday, March 18.

The Springboard charity’s FutureChef helps young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook.

It inspires them to explore food and cooking as a life skill by developing their culinary talent and informing them about entry routes into the hospitality industry.

The competition begins with a school heat, then winners move on to a local heat and then to a regional final.

Regional winners then face the main national challenge to be crowned Futurechef.

Betsy was mentored by chef Gary Christie from the Palace Hotel in Peterhead.

Around 8000 pupils took part in the competition last year.