Royal Navy chef competes

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A CHEF from Anstruther has sharpened his knives to take on a major culinary challenge this week.

Petty officer Craig McCallum was among the Royal Navy team competing against the Army and the RAF during the Exercise Joint Caterer event in Surrey yesterday (Tuesday).

The 30-year-old and two team mates had just six hours to provide a three-course fine dining experience for 68 guests.

PO McCallum was in charge of a starter of pan seared trout, with trout, pea and prawn ravioli, sauté girolles and pea puree and chive foam.

Before the event, he said: “We are striving to come away with the award of best in class and the gold medal. We’ve got a good team and our head chef is very experienced at this level, so hopefully we will do a good job and achieve our aim.”

The former Waid Academy pupil joined the Royal Navy as a 17-year-old and serves at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall.

He lives in Plymouth with partner Beccy and their three-month-old daughter Maddison.