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Elmwood finalists meet MasterChef finalist at prestigious dinner

Gamekeeping student, Jonathon Gray and Hospitality student, Catherine Harper, from Elmwood campus recently reached the finals of the awards dinner of the Field to Fork 2017 competition.

Catherine Harper and Jonathon Gray pictured with MasterChef 2017 finalist Lorna Robertson

Catherine Harper and Jonathon Gray pictured with MasterChef 2017 finalist Lorna Robertson

Twelve students from Hospitality and Gamekeeping courses at SRUC Elmwood, Borders College and North Highland College UHI teamed up for the competition, working in pairs over the preceding months to learn more about each other’s industry before producing and serving dishes of their own design.

The Celebration of Game awards dinner was ably hosted by MasterChef finalist Lorna Robertson. Having worked with game as an ingredient throughout MasterChef and using it in her own cooking, Lorna is familiar with what makes a great game dish and also held a certain empathy for the finalists following her own experience of being judged in a cooking contest, saying:

“I just wanted everyone to do well!”

This year, for the first time, each finalist’s starter was served in a ‘trio of finalists’ dish, including suet crust game pie, grouse and loin of rabbit.  Lorna’s fellow judges, Nicolle Hamilton, Pete Moore and Catriona Frankitti (Innes Ross) agreed that the standard of work from each college was excellent in every respect.

Nicolle said the students’ development and overall confidence had been given a real boost, adding:

“The students have supported and rooted for each other throughout the final. They have stepped up a level again this year and their enthusiasm has been brilliant to see.”

Pete explained that 2017 marks the penultimate year of the Field to Forkproject, linking the 2015 Year of Food and Drink with the 2018 Year of Young People and culminating in a special dinner to be held at the Scottish Parliament in 2018.

Catherine, a lawyer who also writes the blog A kitchen in Fife said:

“This has been a fantastic experience; I’ve discovered game is one of my favourite things to cook with.  Myself and Jonathon made an unusual partnership but it just worked. Food is where it is at for me.”

Gamekeeping student and former plumber Jonathon added:

“It’s been a brilliant journey and I feel grateful to have got this far in the competition.”

More information on SRUC Elmwood’s Hospitality and Gamekeeping courses can be found here:



Photo Caption: Catherine Harper and Jonathon Gray pictured with MasterChef 2017 finalist Lorna Robertson

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