Borders chef has recipe for success

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Craig Gibb, group head chef at the Kelso-based Orde Food Company, has won Best Main Course and the Silver Medal overall in the 2015 Scottish Chef of the Year Competition at this year’s prestigious Scottish Culinary Championships.

The contest is described as Scotland’s toughest chef competition and featured chefs from leading establishments and organisations across the country.

The live contest took place at the SECC in Glasgow, where each of the eight finalists had three hours to create a four-course meal for four people.

The chefs were marked on each of their courses and as well as winning the silver medal, Craig was judged to have produced the best main course dish. His saddle of Border roe deer, glazed figs, beetroot and hazelnuts with a grand veneur sauce was a triumph.

Craig, 32, from Galashiels, said: “The competition was extremely demanding, both physically and also mentally as I had to design exceptional dishes that tasted great and looked amazing. The competition was judged by leading figures from the industry, including chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, so it was pretty nerve-wracking.”