Dunkeld’s Jordan Clark is flying the flag for Scotland in a competition to find the UK’s top young chef.
The Head Chef at the Atholl Arms Hotel, who studied at Perth College, is the only Scottish representative among 24 youngsters selected to compete in the Kitchen Graduate Award of the Craft Guild Of Chefs (CGOC).
Semi-finals of the Awards, described by the Guild as its ‘Graduate Hall of Fame,’ will take place simultaneously in London and Birmingham on 28 June where chefs under the age of 23 will undertake a series of culinary challenges. These include a theory paper, butchery and fishmongery tasks as well as creating a ‘mystery basket’ dish, classic main course and a dessert.
“I’m very excited, especially as I’m the only shortlisted competitor from Scotland” said Jordan, who will be 21 in August and will be taking part in the Birmingham event. “It will be a very exhausting day as we’ll be working for eight hours on the theory paper and various tasks under the eyes of judges who are among the UK’s top experts in their field.”
Christine Sinclair, who owns the Atholl Arms Hotel with her husband Neil, commented: “As our customers keep discovering, Jordan has amazing talent coupled with great passion for his job. We are very proud of him and wish him well in this prestigious award.”
Among other semi-finalists are those from Michelin-starred restaurants, a restaurant at the House of Commons, and contract caterers. Previous Graduates have gone on to gain Michelin stars, work in some of the world’s top restaurants, be part of the UK’s World Skills team and win the Young National Chef of the Year title.
The final takes place in London on 30 August.