Emma McBride, Ryan McArthur and Misa Kontrova competed against each other in the first round of the Masterchef competition which is ran by the Inverness Culloden Rotary Club. They served up their two-course menus to judges after one hour 30 minutes of cooking from their own £12 bag of ingredients.
The competition was very tight and all three pupils produced excellent dishes and were all very confident and capable in the kitchen. Emma McBride prepared the winning dish which was lemon chicken with potato, baby sweet-corn and sweet pepper sauce. Judge Jamie Ross, manager at local fish supplier Coast and Glen, said “The quality is pretty good. It is very brave to do what they are doing. I have been cooking for 20 years and did a competition once and I remember feeling the pressure. It is good to hear a lot of them are cooking at home as well.”
Emma is now through to the semi-final where she will spend a day working in a city restaurant and create two dishes from their menus for the chefs to taste and judge.
The final will be held on March 31 at Charleston Academy in front of an audience in the school assembly hall, with Three Chimney’s chef, Michael Smith, set to be the Judge.