The heat is on!

20120830- Angus Young Chef of the Year. 'Left to right- Neil Jack from Angus College, chef Garry Watson, Allison Innes PT Health Improvement at Montrose Academy, and councillor Sheila Hands. '''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

20120830- Angus Young Chef of the Year. 'Left to right- Neil Jack from Angus College, chef Garry Watson, Allison Innes PT Health Improvement at Montrose Academy, and councillor Sheila Hands. '''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

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THE SEARCH is on for the best young chef in Angus.

As part of the ‘A Taste of Angus Festival’ a competition is inviting young chefs between the ages of 16 and 23 to take part.

The competition is split in two. In category one, chefs in 5th or 6th year at school and in category two those who are either in fulltime education or training in the catering and hospitality industry.

Entry is free and the winner of each category will be presented with a trophy and receive a day’s mentoring with top local chef Garry Watson, of 2011/12 AA Restaurant of the Year Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor.

Garry said: “It’s so important to introduce young chefs to the delights of cooking with local, fresh seasonal ingredients.

“I’m incredibly lucky to work in the heart of Angus as I’m able to take full advantage of having such a fabulous supply of locally produced, caught or harvested meat, fish, vegetables and fruit right on the doorstep.”

The competition will be run in partnership between ‘A Taste of Angus’, Angus College and Angus Council’s education department.

Neil Jack from Angus College said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local young chefs to showcase their talent.”

The first round requires entrants to submit a detailed menu for a three course menu, and featuring at least five locally sourced ingredients.

The judges will then select a representative from each Angus school plus ten catering students who will take part in a cook-off at Angus College using their menu.

Following the cook-off two chefs will be chosen from each category to progress to the next round which will see them battle it out at the Angus Farmers’ Market Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 22.

On the day a winner from each category will be announced and presented with their Angus Young Chef of the Year trophy.

Angus Council’s economic development spokesperson Councillor Sheila Hands added: “This competition will highlight the culinary skills of the budding young chefs of Angus and the excellence of locally-produced ingredients.

“This competition is yet another example of how local schools, Angus College and local businesses are working together to help young people make the transition from school and college into employment.”

To find out more about Angus Young Chef of the Year 2012, or download an entry form, visit www.atasteofangus.com.