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Elmwood Hospitality Student Wins Award

Published Wednesday, 20th February 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Abbie Clunie

SRUC Hospitality student Abbie Clunie from Pittenweem, recently won the Rotary District 1010 Young Chef Competition at Dundee College.

The competition is open to young people aged between 11 and 17 and is designed to encourage them to develop their creativity in the kitchen.

Abbie Clunie (17) is a level 2 Hospitality student at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College. Representing the Howe of Fife Rotary Club she competed against nine other students striving to prepare the tastiest healthy three course meal for two people, in two hours, at a maximum cost of £15. 

Abbie said: “The lecturers at Elmwood put me forward for this competition and although I was really nervous, it was such a worthwhile experience. I couldn’t believe it when the judges announced I had won. It was a very surreal feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was a great atmosphere and I would definitely recommend other students get involved.”

Abbie’s winning menu began with a starter of Smoked Chicken and Chorizo with Mango and Spring Onion Salad and Wholegrain Mustard Dressing. The main course was Herb-crusted Coley, Seared Scallops in a Celeriac Puree with Sauce Vierge. For dessert she prepared a Rhubarb and Custard ensemble, Vanilla Bavarois with Rhubarb Jelly and Rhubarb Compote. 

Rick Bond, SRUC Head of Faculty at Elmwood Campus, and a Howe of Fife Rotarian said:

“The Club is enormously proud of Abbie’s achievement which reflects the high standard of teaching that the Hospitality Team give to their students. The Howe of Fife Club will now be supporting Abbie in the next round to be held in Newcastle in March.”

The Rotary Young Chef objectives were to develop cookery skills, food presentation skills, consider healthy eating options and food hygiene issues, prove their organisational and planning skills and their ability to cope in a demanding situation.

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