And then there were three ...

Susan Kay a junior chef at The Lodge in Cafraemill is through to the final of the Scottish Borders Junior Chef's Challenge.
Susan Kay a junior chef at The Lodge in Cafraemill is through to the final of the Scottish Borders Junior Chef's Challenge.

It was a close run race, but in the end the judges came to a unanimous decision on the three finalists in the Scottish Borders Junior Chef challenge, writes Sandy Neil.

The three chefs going through to the final round are Shaun Fagan, 23, of Marmions Brasserie in Melrose, Susan Kay, 23, of Carfraemill Lodge near Lauder, and Jonathan Streets, 28, of The County Hotel in Selkirk.

The results were calculated from the total points each chef gained in the public vote, plus the marks awarded by the three judges: Sarah Dalrymple, myself and Sally Scott Aiton.

The three hopefuls, who competed in the last round to create and cook their own menu of starter, main course and dessert, must now face each other and the judges’ palates in the final challenge to become the 2011 Junior Chef Champion.

In the final stage this week, each contestant must prepare, and be marked on, three courses including a new starter based on a theme of ‘seasonal and local’, and recreate their main course and dessert faultlessly from the last round.

And over the course of the next week, you will be able to view video interviews and footage of each finalist, as they prepare for the final cook-off.

The winner, who will be announced on October 13 in TheSouthern, will receive a signed copy of Tom Kitchin’s cook book, and a voucher to dine at one of the competing restaurants.

TheSouthern also has two copies of the Michelin-starred chef’s book From Nature to Plate to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, all you have to do is answer the following question.

How soon after opening his Edinburgh restaurant in 2006, was Tom awarded a Michelin star?

Send your answers on a postcard to Kitchin competition, The Southern Reporter, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA.

You should include your name, address, including your postcode, along with a contact telephone number.

Normal competition rules apply. For more details, visit

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