Master Chefs cook up a seafood storm at Shetland Showcase Exhibition Print Article
Posted on: 8/9/2004
Two members of the Master Chefs of Great Britain Association joined Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association as it exhibited with Seafood Shetland at a Shetland Showcase event held in Lerwick, Shetland on 4th and 5th September 2004. The Chefs prepared a selection of delicious dishes from a supply of local seafood for people to taste as they visited the stand.
Master Chef Joe Queen, who is also vice president of the Federation of Chefs Scotland and operations director of the Monument Leisure hotel group, is based at the Royal Hotel in Bridge of Allan. For the occasion, he was joined by David McKendry, executive chef of Rusacks in St Andrews.
Commenting on the quality of the raw product supplied by a variety of Shetland-based companies, Joe Queen said: "In my opinion the entire supply of product is excellent and I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to see that quality for myself.
"In particular, the presentation of Shetland farmed salmon in terms of freshness and colour is fabulous. It is a superb product and I will certainly ensure it is top of my shopping list from now on.
"I'll aso be recommending Shetland farmed cod to my company and to other chefs. The quality of the product is first class, and people tasting it today have seen that for themselves."
David McKendry added: "The quality of Shetlands's seafood, as a whole, is outstanding. I choose to use Shetland salmon because of the quality of the product, and the guaranteed consistency of that quality. I take part in a lot of London-based shows throughout the year and use Shetland salmon as part of my demonstration. There is a lot of farmed salmon available but, in my experience, Shetland salmon is the best."
Both chefs were invited to attend the Shetland event because of the Master Chefs of Great Britain's (MCGB) ongoing relationship with Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association (SSFA), which helps promote the unique merits of Shetland's salmon farming industry and its quality product.
David Sandison, general manager of the SSFA, elaborated: "For almost fifteen years we have been closely associated with MCGB and this connection has been very significant. Our remit has widened recently as Shetland's aquaculture industry has begun to diversify, and to reflect this change we used the opportunity to promote the wide range of Shetland's premier seafood product."
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