A Glenrothes chef is preparing to compete in the finals of a top culinary competition.
Robbie Penman (28) will be competing against the best in the business – including a MasterChef winner – in his bid to win the Scottish Chef of the Year award.
The local chef, who works at the Houston House Hotel in Uphall, will have three and a half hours to cook and present a four-course meal for four covers to some of Scotland’s toughest culinary judges at the final.
The event takes place at the SECC in Glasgow on Thursday, March 5.
Following an intense culinary battle at the semi-finals, the final eight were selected.
Those competing alongside Robbie are ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ winner, Jamie Scott from Rocca in St Andrews; Andrew Laycock (Wilde Thyme); Craig Gibb (Orde Food Co.); Alex Thain (Cromlix House); Zoltan Szabo (Cameron House Hotel); Dougal McPherson (New College Lanarkshire) and Adam Handling (Adam Handling at Caxton).
The Scottish Chef of the Year is awarded by the Federation of Chefs Scotland and is the only Scottish competition where all eight finalists compete in front of an audience of their peers.
The judging process involves scrutiny of the chefs throughout their preparation of their four course menu.
Nothing gets past the judges – every piece of food coming into the kitchen is checked and the judges are present in the kitchen.