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Greenaway Award crowns Scotland's best amateur pastry chef

09 December 2013 by
Greenaway Award crowns Scotland's best amateur pastry chef

Matthew Wood has won the Mark Greenaway award, which aims to find Scotland's best amateur pastry chef.

Wood won the accolade following a competition yesterday (Sunday 8 December) at Restaurant Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh.

The award-winning chef, who teamed up with Scottish independent brewer, Innis & Gunn, began the competition in November.

Greenaway was joined by judges Leila Kean of Innis & Gunn and Donald Reid, food and drink editor of The List to select a winner from five shortlisted entrants:

Matthew Wood from Prestonpans;
Katie McFarlane-Slack from Ballachulish, Argyll;
Carol Henderson from Aberdeen;
Marie-Joëlle Schmidt from Edinburgh;
and Karen Cranfield from Milltimber, Aberdeenshire.

Wood, a 32-year-old project manager for a scientific research company, impressed the judges with his dish of baked apple terrine with puff pastry and vanilla cream, blackberry jelly, spiced apple spheres and caramel sauce.

Greenaway said: "We saw five very enthusiastic and talented amateur pastry chefs here today and it was difficult to choose a winner. However Matthew's dessert shone through for its classical presentation and well-matched flavours."

As well as having his dessert featured on the menu at Restaurant Mark Greenaway, on a night when he will also be there to prepare it for diners, Wood took away a trophy, a case of limited edition oak-aged beer from Innis & Gunn and a set of personalised chef's whites.

Wood said: "I have always admired Mark's attitude and cooking style since I first saw him on the Great British Menu. I love cooking for other people, and to do that in Mark's restaurant, even for one night, is a dream come true."

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