The School’s ‘Masterchef’ was launched in 2011 with the aim of preparing leavers for life after Merchiston. Each boy in the Upper Sixth Form has six sessions to learn basic cooking skills in a relaxed and informal environment, with each session culminating in the boys enjoying the fruits of their labours in the ‘Masterchef’ dining room. They learn to make family favourites such as spaghetti bolognaise, fajitas and stir fry and they also have the opportunity to try some baking. For the complete novice, ‘Masterchef’ helps to show that cooking can be fun and enjoyable, while those with more experience can expand their repertoire. For the particularly ambitious, the annual ‘Masterchef’ Competition gives their creativity free rein.