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Uist Chef Crowned Young Highland Chef of the Year 2015

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Uist Chef Crowned Young Highland Chef of the Year 2015

October 07
11:25 2015

A chef from Iochdar, South Uist has been named as the Young Highland Chef of 2015. David MacDonald, 25, beat nine other finalists to win the title at Monday’s cook-off, held at Burghfield House in Dornoch.

Judged by a panel of expert judges including Albert Roux OBE, Andrew Fairlie, Brian Maule; Steven Docherty; Glen Watson and Derek Johnstone,  the competition  is organised by North Highland College UHI’s Burghfield House training restaurant and the Albert Roux Consultancy.

As part of his prize, David – a sous chef at the New Drumossie Hotel in Inverness – will be rewarded with a week’s work experience at the Roux family’s two-Michelin-Starred Le Gavroche in London, together with £500 prize money.

Second place went to Michael Golledge, 23, from Grandview House in Grantown on Spey, while Thomas Wright, 23, from the Coul House Hotel in Contin, took the third spot.

Anne Frew, assistant director of service industries at North Highland College UHI, commented: ‘Hosting the Young Highland Chef of the Year competition is the highlight of the year for our staff and students.

‘It is such an inspirational experience for the young chefs and hospitality managers of the future to have the opportunity to meet and provide hospitality for six of Britain’s most accomplished chefs.’

Now in its sixth year, the Young Highland Chef of the Year competition tasks entrants aged between 18 and 30 to submit a three-course dinner menu for two with a budget of £20 per cover.

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