Two Aberdeen head chefs are hoping to dazzle at a top industry contest later this month.
Ross Cochrane and Graham Mitchell, both from Aberdeen, have been shortlisted in the Game Chef of the Year competition.
The pair both attended Bankhead Academy and worked in various restaurants together in the Granite City, including Howies, Palm Court and Malmaison.
Both are now head chefs, with Graham running the kitchen at the Cock and Bull in Balmedie and Ross running the Prince Charles-owned Rothesay Rooms in Ballater.
However, later this month the duo, both 32, will face off against each other and eight other chefs from across the country.
The competition aims to find the best professional game chefs in the country, with applicants required to submit two recipes including a starter and a main.
Graham and Ross will have to prepare, cook and present their dishes for a panel of judges.
Ross said: “It will be a real eye-opener to take part in this competition. I first applied for it three years ago and didn’t make it through.
“The criteria is really high with some fantastic chefs around the country taking part.
“I’ve worked with Graham at different places over Aberdeen and we came up together and through the ranks of different places.
“I’m looking forward to travelling down to the competition and getting stuck in to the cooking.
“I’m doing a simple braised rabbit leg for my starter and a Balmoral venison for my main.
“All my game comes from the Queen’s estate and at the Rothesay Rooms we like to do simple dishes and keep it classy.”
Graham, who was shortlisted last year, said: “It is a very intense competition. You are going up against some high quality chefs across the country.
“Taking part last year was great as I had previously applied and been rejected.
“My starter is going to be a pan seared pigeon breast, confit leg, offal, glazed turnip and kale and the main course is pan seared venison loin and liver, spiced red cabbage puree, blackberries, baby beets and dark chocolate jus.”
The cook off will take place on Monday, January 29, in Kilmarnock.