Talented teens find recipe for success

TWO teenagers have a taste for glory after scooping top prize in a competition to create a special menu for Valentine’s Day.

Heather Baird and Katie Laggan, from Lennoxtown, attend Kilsyth Academy and formed one of five teams from the school competing to have their dishes served at the Coachman Hotel, in Kilsyth.

They were set the task of creating an original two-course meal and were given just 90 minutes to cook it.

Heather and Katie wowed the judges with their chicken-based main course and a chocolate cake dessert. After the girls were crowned winners they were invited to have dinner with the Rotary Club of Kilsyth, who helped organise the competition, at the Coachman Hotel.

Heather (15) said: “It was quite nerve-wracking, but has given me more confidence in cooking. We have cooking exams to do for Home Economics, so this will help us.”

Katie (15) said: “I like cooking, but I don’t think I could be a chef - it’s too stressful.”

The judging panel was made up of Mike Leslie, owner of the Coachman, and Vaughan Hart and Robert Myler of the Rotary Club of Kilsyth, both of whom have a background in catering.

Mike said: “The standard was excellent. The dishes that Heather and Katie prepared would have been easily acceptable in any restaurant.”

Lorna Crawford, president of the Rotary Club of Kilsyth, said: “The food was all to a very high standard and the team work was excellent.”

Heather and Katie received a £50 voucher for Buchanan Galleries, courtesy of Craig en Goyne Care Home, and a joint voucher for a meal for four at the Coachman Hotel.

Heather and Katie are pictured.

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