An Arbroath man has triumphed in the eighth series of Masterchef: The Professionals which was held just before Christmas.
Sous-chef Jamie Scott (26), who works at St Andrews’ restaurant Rocca, beat off stiff competition to impress judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace with his passion for food and cooking.
A delighted Jamie said: “I wasn’t expecting to win. The blood, the sweat, the tears - it’s hard to fathom how much emotion goes into cooking and I hope I’ve showed that.”
For the starter on his winning menu he served crab with pickled cucumber and apples, served with savoury doughnuts filled with flaked smokies and cheddar cheese.
His main course was glazed short rib of beef with beef dripping, fried croutons and onion, smoked beef sirloin, salt baked turnips and burnt shallot puree, served with watercress puree and a beef jus.
For dessert he served lemon cake topped with Italian meringue with lemon macarons, almond crumb, lemon curd and salted almonds, with a basil sorbet.
Jamie said: “Those three dishes were the story of my career up to this point. To condense all that into three plates of food and for the judges to understand - that was just absolutely amazing.”
The newly-minted Masterchef has been cooking professionally since the age of 14 after starting in his parents’ pub and hopes to one day open his own restaurant, do more cooking on television and publish a book. He said: “The competition has been absolutely amazing. I’ve just grown in confidence and refined myself more.
“My personal highlight of the series was the first semi-final challenge when all twelve semi-finalists were in the kitchen for the first time.
“You got to see who the competition was. I cooked well and that was the biggest confidence boost, it let everyone know that I was a serious contender.”