A BUDDING Borders chef has been praised after making it to the top three at the Scottish final of the Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition.

Held at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth, eight finalists battled it out with their culinary skills.

Two of the competing chefs were from the Borders – Lacey Harrison from Peebles and Hawick’s Jessica Scott.

The youngest competitor, Lacey made a three-course meal for two in just two hours.

Her menu consisted of salmon rillettes with dill, a minted lamb burger with togarashi sweet potato wedges, with salad, and for dessert a lemon posset with shortbread.

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Lacey’s excellent menu won her third place.

A Peebles Rotary spokesperson said: “Congratulations on a wonderful result!”

They added: “The Rotary Clubs of Peebles and Innerleithen, Walkerburn & Traquair would like to thank our sponsors Tesco, the Co-op and Forsyth the butcher.

“Without their continuing support the pupils would not get this opportunity to enter such a competition which helps them to gain skills, confidence and build character.

“We would also like to express our thanks to Ian Gourlay, the head chef at Cringletie Hotel, for the advice and guidance given to all our local competitors throughout the rounds and especially to Lacey before the finals.”