Chef Sophie cooks up success on a plate

Sophie Beaton, right, with fellow regional qualifier, Heather Nisbet, and Keith Hopkins, Rotary District Governor.
Sophie Beaton, right, with fellow regional qualifier, Heather Nisbet, and Keith Hopkins, Rotary District Governor.
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A Buckhaven High School teenager’s ventures into competitive cooking have so far proved a recipe for success.

On the menu for S5 youngster Sophie Beaton is an appearance next month in the regional final of the Rotary Young Chef competition.

The event takes place in Dundee on March 7 and Sophie qualified with a victory in the district final, held recnetly in the same city.

Along with Rotary District entrants from the whole of Scotland north of the Firth of Forth, she had to prepare a three-course meal for two people on a £15 budget.

Sophie, of Leven, won through with a starter of celery and parsley soup with a poached egg, a main course of chicken breast with a cheese stuffing, including chorizos, asparagus and barbecue sauce, and dessert consisting of a dark chocolate fondant with white chocolate centre.

Back in December, Sophie won the local competition, organised by Rotary Club of Leven, at which she and runner-up Ellie Brannan were selected for the district final.

One of the judges in the Leven contest, Dave Edwards, senior lecturer at Fife College, had mentored her ahead of the district competition, which was a great bonus to the Rotary Club, helping to keep the enthusiasm going and providing encouragement for those taking part.

In Dundee, Sophie (16) was accompanied by her mum and her sister plus school staff, including her home economics teacher, Jennifer Sherwin.

Sophie and one other young chef will be representing Leven’s Rotary District at the regional stage.

It will feature two contestants from each of the three Scottish Rotary Districts, plus a fourth district from the north east of England.

If she wins, a trip to Wrexham in Wales for the next stage awaits her.

Sophie and Ellie Brannan have also been invited to participate in Rotary Club of Leven’s youth evening on May 5, helping hotel staff to prepare their respective dishes.