Young chef Heather does Stoney proud

Heather Nisbet,13 with her winning entry in the Rotary's Young Chef contest.'(Picture by Andy Hall)
Heather Nisbet,13 with her winning entry in the Rotary's Young Chef contest.'(Picture by Andy Hall)

Stonehaven teen Heather Nisbet (13) has achieved third place in a UK and Ireland-wide Rotary Young Chef competition.

Heather was the youngest competitor to make it to the final eight, whittled down from 6,500 competitors who battled it out in a high powered Young Chef final in North Wales on Saturday April 25.

Heather Nisbet, representing the Rotary Club of Stonehaven was third to Lewis Wilson (16) from the Rotary Club of Horsham coming out top - this being the third time in a row that this Club has provided the winner - with Samantha Rides (16) coming second for the Rotary Club of Portishead.

Heather’s three courses were gateau of hot smoked and pickled smoked salmon in avocado mousse topped with a pan fried Peterhead landed langoustine and delicate baby leaves with olive oil, tomato and dill dressing, free range Gartmorn chicken breast stuffed with a herby low fat cream cheese wrapped in air cured Achiltibuie ham and gently oven roasted served with garlic infused rooster potato purée, roasted turned baby seasonal vegetables and sweet Basil pesto and soft set lemon cream on a biscuit base with hazelnut and cinnamon infused orange segments served with a fruit and vanilla bean sauce Anglaise topped with a tempered chocolate ribbon. All of Heathers ingredients were sourced in the North East of Scotland.

Heather’s family - very proud dad and mum George and Gaynor and younger brother Brodie were in attendance together with a six strong contingent representing the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.

Mackie Academy, Heather ‘s school have as Corporate Responsibility supporters ( and sponsors of the school’s Young Chef competition ) Industrial Catering Company ESS ( part of the Compass Group ).

ESS Food Production Manager Graham Singer and Chris Macleod ( Chef Manager of Total Oil catering facility on the outskirts of Aberdeen) worked with Heather and schoolmates as well as mentoring Heather and building up her skill levels and confidence in preparation for this prestigious event they further provided additional sponsorship and logistical support and arranged transportation of her food and equipment to North Wales.

Heather’s prizes included a cheque for £100 , a glass trophy and gifts and goody bag from the event sponsor Filippo Berio.