An Aberdeen schoolgirl is celebrating after cooking up success in a nationwide competition.
Amy Campbell, 14, who attends Hazlehead Academy, was placed second out of more than 9,000 competitors in Springboard’s FutureChef.
Amy served up a menu of loin of pork with chickpea puree and braised red cabbage, followed by a dessert of mandarin and olive oil cake with compressed mandarin and chocolate ganache at the national final in London this week.
She said: “I cooked the meal for my family about 10 times – I think they are sick of it now.”
Amy was accompanied by her home economics teacher Judith Findlay and her mentor Paul Whitecross – the chef at Trump International Golf Links.
She practised several times a week with Paul in his restaurant and they developed the final dish together.
Judith said: “Amy said what she liked and didn’t like and they came up with the menu together. She’s not backwards about coming forwards.”
The trip to London gave Amy a chance to meet pupils from around the UK competing for the title.
Amy added: “I was very nervous but the night before the competition everyone went for dinner at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and it was amazing.”
Springboard’s chief executive Anne Pierce said: “Congratulations to all of our hard-working, committed finalists – they have allbeen part of a great FutureChef.
“It really is amazing to see the quality of work by young chefs improve year on year.”
As a result of her success, Amy will now be able to invite three people to the Delaware North box at Wembley for the 2017 Summertime Ball.
She will also undertake a work placement in the VIP area before the concert, shadowing executive chef for hospitality Mark Reynolds.
The prize includes seeing the back-of-house area at Wembley Stadium, with the winner joining their guests for the concert itself.
Amy also receives a £100 cash prize, aprons and commemorative plates and medals.
Judith added: “Amy was up against students from catering colleges. We are so proud of her, it really is a remarkable achievement.”
Though unsure of what she would like to do in the future, Amy said that she would “consider” becoming a chef.