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Young chefs from Inverness and the Black Isle to see their culinary skills tested in Masterchef competition

By Gregor White

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Culinary whizzes from local schools are set to put their skills to the test when the annual Schools Masterchef competition final takes place tonight.

The annual event, which is organised by the local Rotary, will see four secondary school pupils from Inverness and the surrounding area descend on kitchens at Inverness College UHI for the grand final.

The final is the culmination of a lot of hard work by both pupils and teaching staff since the competition, which is sponsored by Williamson Foodservice, launched in August.

Charlotte Burton from Inverness Royal Academy, Amy Beattie of Millburn Academy, Alix Callaghan from Fortrose Academy and Inverness High School’s Emma Warner have battled their way through heats and a semi-final.

Their final courses will be judged by a panel of top chefs and cooks from Inverness, Nairn and Sutherland. Among them will be Lady Claire Macdonald, founder of Kinloch Lodge Hotel on Skye, and renowned chef Marcello Tully from Kinloch Lodge.

Gary Williamson, from Williamson Foodservice, said: “This has been another fantastic year for the Schools Masterchef competition with a greater number of schools taking part, more chefs participating as judges and increased interest by school children who have cooked some amazing food.

“The recent semi-final made judging a major challenge for the four local chefs involved so I expect the final to be extremely close.”

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