Pupils from Millburn Academy in Inverness were recently set a challenge by employability group Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) where more than 200 pupils paired up to design, brand and market a burger in just five weeks!

With the aim of teaching the younger generation about the entire food chain, from sustainable sourcing, ingredients and products, professional kitchen skills and other business functions, this was a huge opportunity for them to learn about the huge variety of elements feeding into the Highlands’ exciting food and drink industry.

Following an exciting, a tough competition, emerging triumphant was a Scotch beef cheeseburger, wrapped in turkey bacon, created by Katie MacDonald, Nanija Volkova and Iona MacMillan.

The trio were praised by a panel of experts from across the Highland business industry who have also been supporting the challenge throughout, including creative agency Dynam, Scotch and Rye, CRU Holdings, The Redshank Catering Company, Williamson Foodservice and Ashers Bakery.

All visitors to Scotch and Rye will be able to try out the delicious dish for themselves as it will be on their specials menu throughout the whole of January, with proceeds supporting the Millburn Academy Friends in Action (MAFIA) parents’ committee.

Ken Loades, operations director of Cru Holdings, which operates Prime and Scotch and Rye, said: “Cru Holdings is delighted to be able to support the street food challenge. We are fully behind using locally sourced sustainable produce wherever possible.”

Well done to all involved, it was a tough job tasting all those burgers!