Masterchef star to help local pupils

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A team of youngsters from Banchory Academy are getting a helping hand in a national Young Chef competition thanks to three well-known culinary experts from the area.

The Rotary Young Chef Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International and Banchory Rotary Club.

As organiser of the renowned Taste of Grampian, Carol Fowler of Prime Event Management and Banchory Lodge decided to enlist the help of some experts to ensure that pupils from Banchory Academy get the best possible start.

Carol teamed up with BBC Professional Masterchef Finalist and owner of the Moonfish Café, Brian McLeish, to help the youngsters with their trial heat on November 23.

Brian will be on hand to share tips on food preparation, presentation and flavours before they are put in front of a judging panel of two more Head Chefs on 7 December, 2015.

Brian explains; “Thanks to programmes like Masterchef and Great British Bake-off, young people are more into cooking than ever before.

“It is hoped that these children may be also inspired to enter the schools competition which Taste of Grampian run.

“This Rotary competition is a chance for young people to see the pressures of working in a kitchen, honing their preparation skills as well as becoming familiar with produce and ingredients.”

The District Finals will be followed by Regional Finals, which will then culminate in the National Final taking place in April in Leicester.

The winner will receive a trophy and be crowned with the title Rotary Chef of the Year.

To find out more visit www.rotarygbi.org.