Are you the master chef?

Lundin Links Hotel
Lundin Links Hotel

THINK you could be the next winner of MasterChef like current champions Keri Moss and Anton Piotrowski?

Well now could be your chance to prove your top culinary skills as champion of Lundin Links at least anyway.

The historic Lundin Links hotel is celebrating all things food by hosting its’s very own local version of the popular TV show and is looking for amateur chefs to take part.

So if you know your basil from your broccoli and your rump from your loin why not give it a shot and see if you can take home the prize of a free night’s stay for two in the Borders at the Wheatsheaf Hotel and Restaurant, and more importantly the title of amateur Master Chef of Lundin Links.

Martin White, managing director of the Lundin Links Hotel, whose site dates back to the early 17th Century, told the Mail the competition is all about having fun during tough economic times.

He added: “The reason is just to allow some local amateur chefs and cooks to have a go in a proper hotel kitchen, under supervision of course!

“We’ve all seen lots of these types of TV programmes so we just wanted to have a bit of fun and do something at the hotel.”

Only amateurs are allowed to apply and the challenge is to create a three-course menu with the best four chosen to cook for a panel of six judges at the hotel, under the watchful eyes of head-chef Stephen Pearson.

The judges will be made up of a representative of the hotel, local food producers and even the East Fife Mail’s very own community reporter Ralph Mellon.

Speaking ahead of the competition Ralph said he couldn’t wait to taste what Mail readers have to cook up.

He added: “Fife is known for having some of the best local produce so I hope at least a few of the entrants make use of the vast larder on their doorstep.

“There are a lot of talented people in the area so I’m sure competition will be high and entrants will need to be on the top of their game to even reach the cook-off stage of the competition.

“Good luck to everyone.”

The four entrants whose menus are deemed the best will cook at the hotel over four Friday evenings on February 22, March 1, 8 and 15.

The food will be marked by the judges each evening with the menu with the highest score being crowned the winner.

Mr White added: “The finalists will be chosen for these dates based on originality of menu design.

“The hotel will cover the cost of all food ingredients if your menu is selected and the winner will be announced the week commencing March 18.”

To enter, think about what you would like to cook and contact the hotel for an entry form on 01333 320207 or email

Closing date for entries is February 18.

All entrants must be over 18 years of age.