Pupils from Kelso High School served up a treat for one of the world’s most famous chefs when they took part in a cooking competition on Tuesday.
Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who opened his Chez Roux restaurant at the Roxburghe Hotel last year, was the guest of honour at Kelso High School’s Rotary Young Chef Competition, where he was joined by fellow local restaurateur, Jessica Osbourne from Oscar’s, in judging the efforts of the 16 competitors.
The winner was S5 pupil, 16-year-old Karrie Petty, who prepared, cooked and served Mr Roux a dish of grilled mackerel with soy ginger and lime, served with buttered cabbage and glazed sweet potato, followed by a dessert of an almond pastry autumn raspberry tart.
Mr Roux, the first chef in the UK to win three Michelin Stars at his Le Gavroche restaurant, said: “I was overwhelmed by the standard of cooking by our young cooks, who have shown they have the raw talent and determination to become the chefs of the future.
“The ingenuity shown by them in preparing these healthy and delicious meals shows the fantastic produce from the area is a true inspiration for everyone. Karrie did a fantastic job and I look forward to tasting more of her food in the future.”
Pupils from S3-S6 have been working towards the competition throughout the school year with support from the home economics department.
Competitors developed their own recipes and cooked up a healthy yet delicious two-course meal for the globally-renowned chef.
Karrie, along with runner-up Katie Fairgrieve, 16, will now go on to compete in a district challenge later in the year.
Karrie said: “I’m really pleased to have won and I’m looking forward to competing in the next stage. It was a great opportunity to meet Mr Roux and get some great cooking advice.”
The Rotary Young Chef Competition is organised and promoted by Rotary International, with support from Kelso High School’s home economics department, and it aims to encourage young people to cook healthily, develop their food presentation and hygiene skills as well as test their planning skills.
Kelso Rotarian James Mackie said: “This year’s competition has been excellent, we are impressed by the standard of cooking from the competitors and are very excited to see what the future holds for the aspiring chefs.”