Tabitha cooks up winning dish

Tabitha impressed the judges with her culinary skills.
Tabitha impressed the judges with her culinary skills.

A young chef from Bearsden will represent Glasgow after coming top in the regional heats of the International Rotary Young Chef awards.

Tabitha Steven (12) competed in the event in Glasgow recently and her win was even more impressive considering she was the youngest pupil in the competition.

The High School of Glasgow pupil was up against a host of other schools, meaning that the competition was very strong.

Tabitha said: “It was a lot of fun taking part in the competition and I am really looking forward to preparing more dishes in the next round.”

The first year pupil impressed the judges with her specially prepared main dish of chicken with cream cheese, wrapped in pancetta with a basil and garlic dressing.

For the pudding she prepared a dish of apple and blackberry crumble with homemade cinnamon ice cream.

One of the judges, Mr Willie McCurrach, head of hospitality at City of Glasgow College, said the apple and blackberry crumble was “one of the best he had ever tasted”.

In winning the local Rotary Young Chef Award, Tabitha’s received three tasty prizes.

She wins a personalised set of chef’s whites, a day with a top Executive Chef at Glasgow’s Marriot Hotel and an afternoon tea for four at the famous Willow Tea Rooms.

Rotary International offers volunteers and young people the chance to develop personal skills and a better awareness of the problems that face society.

It is also an opportunity to meet, work and have a great time with like-minded people, guided and supported by Rotarians.

The organisation has a Rotary Community Corps which is a group of non-Rotarians who share commitment to the service and a section for children aged 7 to 12 year olds called Rotakids.

Tabitha now goes forward to the next round of the Rotary International Young Chef competition in January.