Lee is Orkney's Master Chef!

Local lass Lee Inkster has been crowned Orkney's Celebrity Master Chef winner after a fantastic night of food and drink in Kirkwall. 

Lee's menu of Orkney crab, Orkney salmon and rhubarb crumble wowed the judges on the night to claim the title, just pipping her culinary rivals Liam McArthur, Gwenda Shearer and Cameron Stout. 

The event, organised by Orkney Food & Drink and sponsored by NorthLink Ferries and Jewson, celebrates the finest products from the islands, with seafood, steak and Orkney's Viking grain, beremeal, all making an appearance on the menus. 

A sell-out crowd took in proceedings at the Orkney Theatre, having enjoyed a taste of Orkney beforehand with stalls from Fair-Trade Orkney, Orkney Isles Preserves, Humes Artisan Foods, Orkney Ice Cream and Greentoft Free Range all on offer.

During the evening. each contestant was tasked with creating and serving three dishes - a starter, main course and dessert - for the judging panel to taste. 

Local food blogger and writer, Rosemary Moon, Orkney Food & Drink board member, Izzy Grieve, and Orkney College UHI Hospitality Lecturer, Daniel Laud, were all on hand to test each plate of food and offer feedback to the cooks.

It was Lee who came out on top, having kept everyone entertained throughout the night too. Her complete menu was:

  • Trio of crab - Orkney crab served on a prawn and lettuce cup, beetroot pate on a beremeal oatcake and a chili & lime toast
  • Orkney Salmon Wellington - served on a pea puree with homegrown glazed carrots and peedie tatties
  • Rhubarb crumble - topped with a beremeal chard & a shot of homemade rhubarb gin

Project Manager for Orkney Food & Drink, Edgar Balfour, said: "Congratulations to Lee on her win, it was thoroughly deserved and all her dishes looked and tasted fantastic. Orkney Celebrity Master Chef is all about celebrating the incredible range of food and drink we have on offer here in the islands, and all four cooks helped showcase the Orkney larder. 

"Thanks to our generous sponsors and the excellent audience, it was certainly a night to remember. And we have to say a special thank you to our four brave 'celebrities' - they did themselves and Orkney's food and drink proud!"



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