Aspiring youngsters with a taste for cooking took part in the inaugural Young Chef of the Year Competition organised by the Rotary Club of South Queensferry.
The event at Queensferry High School saw a low number of entrants but that was amply compensated for by their enthusiasm and the high quality of food produced.
Competitors could choose any main course but they all had to prepare a Swiss roll for dessert.
Teachers Eleanor Grandison and Rachel Kerr, assisted by trainee Sabrina, were in charge of coaching and rehearsals for the competition and must be thanked for this work and their assistance on the evening.
Eleanor Grandison and local resident Marion Gemmill judged the competition – no easy task as the cooking and presentation of all of the dishes were of a remarkably high standard. In the end, Amy Rankin narrowly took first place.
Rebecca Goulden was second while Charlotte Doga and Alexander Melville were highly commended.
Amy and Rebecca will progress to the next round of the competition to be held in Penicuik High School.
In addition to their trophies, Amy and Rebecca received the prize of a one day workshop at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine in Kirkliston.
Craig MacKenzie, the Rotarian who organised the event, said: ‘The Rotary Club and High School are both delighted at its success.
“We plan to build on this and anticipate a much larger field of competitors next year as the contest sparked considerable interest among students of all ages.”
Our photograph shows the Young Chef of the Year contestants with their awards (l -r) winner Amy Rankin, second placed Rebecca Goulden and highly commended Alexander Melville and Charlotte Doga.