Ross cooks up a storm
ROSS McMillan from Tillicoultry has won the Sodexo UK Young Chef of the Year competition for a second time.
Following his win in the Scottish qualifier, the Stirling Management Centre employee travelled to Ascot Racecourse to compete against eight young chefs from Sodexo establishments throughout the UK and Ireland.
And he repeated his feat of winning the contest in 2010 - an amazing achievement considering, at just 21, he still has another two years of competing in the Junior Chef competition after this.
Ross' winning menu featured confit of seabass with a chorizo ratatouille and accompaniments, followed by gateau pithivier. A live 'cook-off' formed a major part of the competition.
According to Ross, his signature dish is his award-winning sweet of passion fruit souffle with malibu ice cream and caramelised banana stack. He reckons his greatest support and inspiration have come from his boss, executive Chef Raymond Thomson and Scottish masterchef Willie Pike MBE.
Ross said: "I'm over the moon to have won for the second time. A huge thank you is due to everyone at Stirling Management Centre who encouraged and supported me in preparing for this competition."
As well as a medal and certificate, the Tilly-based whizz, who has worked at the Stirling centre for five years, won the chance to spend the day in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
He has already completed a placement at the award winning Dakota hotel in South Queensferry and looks forward to more opportunities over the coming year.
The Young Chef competition is part of a wider Salon Culinaire, which also includes an adult competition, various specialist categories and a suppliers' exhibition. Hundreds of competitors take part from throughout the UK and Ireland and competition is fierce.
Ross is part of a winning team. His boss Raymond will shortly defend his Gold Medal, won last year at the Conference Centres for Excellence/International Association of Conference Centres Chefs' Challenge event.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 31 Oct 12
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