Orkney Masterchef 2017

On the 27th September 2017 four amateur chefs took to the stage in a competition to find Orkney's Masterchef 2017. This year's contestants were: Caroline Critchlow, Colin Luke, Callum McInnes and Aaron Moar.

Each contestant was tasked to create a starter, main course and sweet within the allotted time. The contestants had to prepare two of each dish - one for the judges and one for the sponsors.

Local produce was used wherever possible.

Accomplished kitchen skills were evident from all four contestants.

As well as taste and technique, style and presentation were also important factors in the competition.

Four great starters were presented before the judges.

Caroline's Bumper Birsay tomato soup with home-grown rosemary pesto and Quoy herb crunchy crouton.

Colin's Cullen skink soup.

Callum's Orkney dived scallops cooked in cracked black pepper butter, with prosciutto crumb and a pea and mint puree.

Aaron's Scapa prawn and crab with boozy mayonnaise.

Next up came the main course dishes.

Four beautifully presented dishes featuring favourite local Orkney products – beef, fish and shellfish.

Caroline's Orkney buttery kedgeree dressed with local lobster, Westray crab, Quoy eggs and herbs.

Colin's Cheese stuffed fillet steak with sweet potato mash.

Callum's Baked salmon with a pistachio and herb crust with carrot and almond sweet potato mash.

Aaron's Orkney steak with cheese mousse and salsa.

And last, but not least – the sweets.

The warmth of the stage lights proved a challenge for some of the dishes but they all came good in the end.

Caroline's Vanilla sponge topped with flambé calvados soaked Quoy apples and homemade custard with Quoy eggs.

Colin's Chocolate surprise.

Callum's Orkney rhubarb syllabub with a rhubarb gin chaser.

Aaron's Honey rhubarb and coffee crumble.

Following much deliberation from the judges, Colin Luke was crowned Orkney Masterchef 2017.

Graham Bichan, from Orkney Creamery, presents Colin Luke with the Masterchef trophy 2017.

Three delicious courses, cooked to perfection, beautifully presented.

Created By
Colin Keldie


All Photos Colin Keldie

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