Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:03 GMT on Monday, 6th August 2012.
Cumbernauld students prove themselves to be Master-chef

A BUDDING chef has been crowned the winner of Cumbernauld College’s charity Masterchef competition.

The contest, which was organised by the HNC events team, saw Alana Murphy take home the prize, after her triumph over fellow catering student, Taylor Ure, and external funding manager, Jim O’Donnell.

Each of the three contestants were each presented with a box, packed with the same ingredients, and given just one hour to turn the items into a delicious main course.

The judging panel, made up of deputy principal, Heather Urquhart, and Angela McAffee, deputy head of faculty, had a tough decision to make, in the end deciding that the winner had to be Alana’s salmon with a potato and vegetable garnish.

Alana, 20, said: “It was a great competition. I decided to enter as I thought it would be a good challenge.

“It was really exciting to be given the ingredients and have to come up with something on the spot. I knew pretty much straight away what I would make and when I was announced the winner it was brilliant, the best feeling ever.”

As the winner, Alana received an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Dakota Hotel, in Edinburgh, while Taylor and Jim also received runners-up prizes of afternoon tea for two at the Grand Central Hotel, in Glasgow.

Heather Urquhart said: “It was a pleasure to judge this competition. The standard was incredibly high but Alana’s dish just had an edge over the other two. Congratulations to each of the contestants for all their hard work.”