Glenrothes chef competes in top culinary competition

Robbie Penman
Robbie Penman
  • Local chef competes in final of culinary contest
  • He was one of eight Scottish chefs taking part
  • His fish course impressed the judges, winning best middle course

A Glenrothes chef competing in a top culinary competition has received a bronze award.

Robbie Penman (28), who works for the MacDonald Houston House Hotel in Uphall, was one of eight chefs to compete in the Scottish Chef of the Year competition hosted by the Federation of Chefs Scotland.

They were to given just 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 competition which took place as part of ScotHot at the SECC in Glasgow on Thursday, March 5.

Although he didn’t manage to take the top spot in the competition Robbie did manage to cook the ‘best middle course’ of the final.

Robbie told the Gazette he was “very pleased” with his performance during the final.

He said: “It was a tough competition with some talented chefs, so to win best fish course is great for me.”

It was a tough competition with some talented chefs, so to win best fish course is great for me.

Robbie Penman

Those competing alongside Robbie were 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).

And it was Adam Handling who took the top spot winning gold, first in class.

The Scottish Chef of the Year contest is the only Scottish competition where all eight finalists compete in front of an audience of their peers.

The final judging process involved scrutiny of the chefs throughout their preparation of their four course menu.