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An Inverness High School pupil support assistant enjoys private dining experience and demonstration at the Drumossie Hotel after winning competition


By Ian Duncan


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Competition winner Lindsay Dunlop at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.
Competition winner Lindsay Dunlop at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.

An Inverness pupil support assistant and her guests enjoyed a private dining experience and demonstration after she won the prize in a competition.

Lindsay Dunlop, who is 32 years old and works at Inverness High School, spotted the contest on the Inverness Courier Facebook page and had to fill out an online form to enter.

She said: "When I received the email to say I had been selected, I couldn't believe it at first but was convinced after speaking to the lovely Kenny and his team a day or two after.

"The prize was a demo, dine and wine at the Drumossie Hotel for myself and five friends.

"The demonstration was by an award winning chef, Euan who demonstrated a smoked salmon starter and a chocolate cheesecake.

"Unfortunately one of my friends had to cancel at the last minute so we were one person short."

Her guests were her mother Margaret Maclean, best friend Emma Slaney, best friend's mother Avril Slaney and sister in law Sinead Brydon.

Competition winner Lindsay Dunlop, centre, at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness with, from left, Emma Slaney, Avril Slaney, Margaret Maclean and Sinead Brydon.
Competition winner Lindsay Dunlop, centre, at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness with, from left, Emma Slaney, Avril Slaney, Margaret Maclean and Sinead Brydon.

Mrs Dunlop said: "From start to finish the afternoon was fantastic. Kat, Euan and the rest of the team looked after us like VIPs.

"We were in a private dining room where there was a demonstration table for Euan to show off his skills. It was very relaxed and nice to be able to interact and get some tips from a professional chef.

"Especially when my own culinary skills are not great. We then ate a delicious three course meal with each meal accompanied by a wine that complimented each meal perfectly.

"My favourite part of the afternoon was the demonstration. Euan showed us how easy it is to make such delicious food with the right ingredients.

"I’d highly recommend anyone looking for an intimate dining experience with a twist to book an afternoon demo, wine and dine at the Drumossie.

"All in all, it was a fabulous prize to win and so grateful to have been chosen. I honestly can’t thank everyone enough who made the afternoon so special."

Kenny McMillan, the hotel's general manager, said the guests enjoyed a private dining experience and demonstration delivered by executive chef Euan Walker.

He added: "Euan demonstrated a method to cure salmon – using the finest locally sourced products, and how to make a Chocolate Cremaux, a delicious but easy dessert."

Mr McMillan said they were really looking forward to welcoming guests to their Christmas Day experience tomorrow.

He said: "Euan Walker and his team have prepared a menu which will make sure our guests have an extra special Christmas meal.

"With the largest ballroom in Inverness, we are able to host our guests in a comfortable and safe way, whilst making sure they still get the full Drumossie luxury experience.

"We're also looking forward to entertaining those who have missed out on their Christmas party with colleagues or friends. Just as soon as we can, probably in the spring, we'll host a series of events to make sure everyone can celebrate then."


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