Inverness born Euan Walker, age 20, has won Young Highland Chef 2011.  His menu was classed outstanding at the finals which were held at the Burghfield House Hotel, Dornoch on Monday 24th October.

Euan's experience and passion for food has been growing since he joined the team at the New Drumossie Hotel in 2008 and through the guidance and training from Kenny McMillian, Regional Executive Chef he entered the Young Highland Chef competition.

'In my position as junior sous chef at Drumossie Hotel I work with fresh local seafood and game, so I felt comfortable working with the ingredients I chose.  Although I felt nervous in the run up, I was confident of my abilities, and of my choice of ingredients.  I had the most amazing experience, thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, and am now waiting in anticipation to visit Le Gavroche.  I am delighted.   ' explained Euan.

With all the experience Euan has gained he has been promoted to Junior Sous Chef at the New Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.  'Euan has excelled in the team and I am now working with him on the management side of the business.  We are all delighted that Euan has won the competition and are looking forward to his return to the kitchen bearing his new title!' said Kenny McMillan, Regional Executive Chef, Monument Leisure.

Kenny firmly believes that Euan is one to watch for the future!

Euan will be demonstrating his skills as part of the New Drumossie Hotel stand on the 4th December at Tasty Ness in the Ironworks, Inverness replicating dishes from the new Grill Room menu at the New Drumossie Hotel.  He will be joined by Susan Proctor, Restaurant Manager who has recently joined the team after working closely with Heston Blumenthal for over 5 years as assistant manager of the renowned 'The Fat Duck' restaurant, which was awarded 'The best restaurant in the world' in 2005 by Restaurant magazine.