Heat turned up in hunt for young chefs

The Taste of Grampian event has proved to be extemely popular with foodies from across the North-east
The Taste of Grampian event has proved to be extemely popular with foodies from across the North-east

The next generation of chefs are being sought to enter Taste of Grampian’s ‘Aspiring Young Chef’ competition again this year – as part of the annual food festival’s programme and celebrations.

The competition - designed around the Year of Food and Drink’s ‘Future of Food’ theme for June - will allow finalists to demonstrate their culinary talent at the prestigious event showcasing Grampian’s larder.

The Scotch Beef ‘Aspiring Young Chef’ challenge - sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland, Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland and North East Scotland College – is open to working commis chefs, college pupils and school pupils aged from 16-19 years.

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

This year’s competitors - shortlisted from written applications by an independent judging panel - will don their aprons to create a two course menu comprising of a main course and dessert, using as much local produce as possible.

Those shortlisted will prepare and cook their bespoke recipes in the run-up to the event at the North East Scotland College City Campus on Sunday, May 24 and the two chosen finalists will then battle it out at a live cook-off at the festival to determine the winner.

The gold award 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.

John Gregor, Chairman of ToG and Executive Director at the ANM Group, said: “We are urging ambitious young people, early in their careers, to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity.

“We want to inspire them to demonstrate their skills and have their talents recognised and rewarded in a friendly competitive environment.”

The competition is now in its second year and is free to enter.

The deadline for written applications is Friday,May 8.

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

Taste of Grampian, in association with JG Ross, is a one-day food and drink festival and popular annual event allowing visitors to discover and sample the wide range of high quality food and drink products from Grampian in the North East of Scotland.

This year’s TV Celebrity Chefs include Jean Christophe Novelli who is always a very popular choice, Jean-Christophe will be joined by the 2014 winner of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Nancy Birtwhistle and one of her fellow contestants for the North East, Norman Calder.