For the finale of this year’s Hill to Grill programme we were invited by Ullapool High School to come and sample the venison burger recipes designed and prepared by the pupils. The pupils spent a day creating a recipe, cooking, making packaging and designing a marketing campaign for their burgers. All their hard work was presented to a panel of four judges for scrutiny and questioning in the style of “The Apprentice meets The Great British Bake Off”.  There were several imaginative recipes and adverts, with the winning team producing a “Dragon Burger” a nicely balanced chilli burger and the strapline “It’s too good for this world!”. Other recipes included additional ingredients such as turmeric, cheese and wild garlic. Thank you to all of the S2 pupils for their hard work, the judges – Jo Munro from the Frigate Café in Ullapool, Ullapool High School parent Sue Pomeroy and CALLP’s Laura Traynor and Vickii Campen. Thank you also to Greenlees Butchers in Lochinver who supplied the venison mince for the food challenge and the burgers for the barbecue on the larder day.

The winning team with their burger and advert (in background) © Fiona Saywell/ Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Hill to Grill programme was developed for High School pupils as part of the Outdoor and Woodland Learning Project in the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme. At a recent presentation of the project we were asked if the programme could be run for members of the public and this has got us thinking.  So if you’d like to find out first hand what it would be like to track deer and find out how your food comes to the table, watch this space!


For info on the beginning of the Hill to Grill program please see Romany Garnett’s Blog on the John Muir Trust Website: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/latest/news/1633-field-notes-hill-to-grill

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