Edinburgh student gains hospitality title

Scotland’s Top Hospitality Student has been named as Ashley Glen, a sixth-year pupil at Dalkeith High School, Edinburgh.

The youngster received her award from Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin and was described as “having a talent for cooking and an ability to display an excellent range of skills”.

Glen achieved the highest mark for the Intermediate 2 Hospitality Practical Cookery Course and beat off strong competition from more than 7,000 pupils across Scotland.

As the title winner, Glen will receive £250 from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and her high school will also receive the same amount in meat vouchers, to enable them to purchase beef, lamb or pork for use in classes.

Last year around 18,000 students from all over Scotland benefited from QMS’ School Meat Voucher Scheme, which was introduced to help young people with their culinary skills – and especially the art of cooking red meat as part of a balanced diet.

QMS health and education coordinator Jennifer Robertson said: “We are delighted to continue our support of the Intermediate 2 Hospitality Practical Cooking Course, which is going from strength to strength every year.

“It is extremely encouraging to see Scottish children learning about eating a healthy balanced diet and thinking about the many health benefits of foods, such as beef, pork and lamb, when they are cooking.”


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