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PICTURES: MasterChef finalist Sarah Rankin hosts exclusive festive afternoon in Highlands


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Sarah Rankin and Nicky Marr.
Sarah Rankin and Nicky Marr.

An evening of aromas, flavours and laughter was on offer at a festive event celebrating The Inverness Courier’s digital subscribers.

With 100 people in attendance, the afternoon saw an exclusive appearance from MasterChef finalist Sarah Rankin and Macdonald Aviemore Resort executive chef Edwin Blackhall showcased some of their recipes.

They discussed their work with presenter Nicky Marr and interacted with the audience at the venue.

Isabelle MacKenzie and Dave Thompson.
Isabelle MacKenzie and Dave Thompson.

The audience was able to ask the chefs questions and some were treated to the tasty delicacies prepared in front of their eyes.

Steve Barron, managing director of Highland News & Media which publishes the Courier, said: "We really wanted to say thanks to our digital subscribers who are our most engaged and loyal readers. Not only does their subscription grant them access to all of our content but it also supports us in delivering agenda-setting and agenda-changing journalism. A great example being the work our team has done on pushing for the dualling of the A9.

Macdonald Aviemore Resort executive chef Edwin Blackhall.
Macdonald Aviemore Resort executive chef Edwin Blackhall.

"The progress we've made on our digital transformation continues to outstrip our expectations. And we thought that kicking off our readers' festive season with the brilliant Sarah Rankin was the perfect way to celebrate and thank our subscribers.

"We have more exclusive events planned for the coming months which all subscribers will be invited to."

Ashleigh Sutherland with baby Millie Garden.
Ashleigh Sutherland with baby Millie Garden.

Sarah Rankin, born and raised in Inverness, made it to the final five of 2022’s series of MasterChef, the BBC’s flagship cooking programme.

She kicked off the event by preparing a delicious festive poached pear and chestnut cream crumble, which was followed by Edwin’s demonstration of a free range breast of chicken, apricot and sage stuffing. He also made some delightful white chocolate, cranberry and raspberry gin fudge, which went down a treat.

Sarah Rankin did a live cooking demonstration while Nicky Marr hosted the event.
Sarah Rankin did a live cooking demonstration while Nicky Marr hosted the event.

The event lasted a few hours and ended on a high as all attendees were given a goody bag, as well as a 20 per cent discount on any purchases made in the Spey Valley department store.

The resort was covered head to toe in glamorous Christmas decorations, and the shopping hall was transformed into a winter wonderland, perfect for seasonal gift giving.

Overall, this family fun event was a huge hit with all subscribers and those who participated.

Find out more on how to subscribe online at inverness-courier.co.uk/ subscribe.

Sarah Shaw with the finished poached pear dish.
Sarah Shaw with the finished poached pear dish.

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