YOUNG chefs have been battling it out at a Peebles High School competition.

The Rotary clubs of Innerleithen, Walkerburn & Traquair and Peebles jointly sponsored the contest.

The pupils chose their own recipes then prepared, cooked and served a two-course meal for two in two hours.

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It was a closely fought competition judged by Iain Gourlay, the head chef at Cringletie House Hotel.

In first place was Lucie Campbell and her offering was roast duck with seasonal vegetables in red wine and redcurrant jus, followed by chocolate travel cake with a raspberry coulis.

In second place was Ross Halliday who served a Thai green curry with long grain rice, followed by a key lime pie.

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Third was William MacPherson who prepared pork and pear burgers with blue cheese and then a raspberry tart with crème patissiere.

Other excellent meals were made by Lacey Harrison, Caleb McTier Hay and Owen Clotesworthy.

A spokesperson for the Rotary clubs said: “Our thanks to Iain Gourlay who commented that this was the closest Young Chef competition he had judged for us and also to head teacher Kirsty Williams and assistant Carol McKay at Peebles High School.

“We must also thank Tesco and the Co-op for their continued sponsorship and support of all the pupils.”