Rotary Masterchef Champion – Sweat, Blood but No Tears

Congratulations to Ronan Melens who saw off very close competition from the other Inverness Secondary Schools (Inverness High School, Millburn Academy, and Inverness Royal Academy) to win the Rotary Masterchef Competition 2015.

Ronan had perfected his menu with the result that the judges said it was worthy of their own restaurants. Michael Smith holder of 3 AA Rosettes is Head Chef at the Three Chimney’s on Skye and  Cornel Uys Executive Chef the Glenmoriston Hotel, both commended Ronan highly for the quality of his food. His dessert in particular was said to be outstanding.

Highlights from the competition will be on BBC TV Alba on Wednesday from 8pm. The whole event was streamed live from our Albert Roux Kitchen and broadcast to a live audience of over 100 in our Hall. The chefs had to present each course to the judges in the Hall while ensuring their other courses were under control in the kitchen. It was an arduous trip from Home Economics to the Hall and with Ronan also cutting himself during his preparation there was sweat, blood but thankfully no tears when Ronan’s win was announced. The intense nature of the competition reflected the reality of the top class restaurant business which Ronan is considering making a career out of.

Watch Michael Smith of the Three Chimneys announce and commend Ronan’s win below.


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