An exciting project combining five star cooking with top class Fife produce is set for its launch in St Andrews.

In what is thought to be a UK first, the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa is joining forces with Fife Farmers Market in a series of cookery demonstrations.

The resort’s executive chef, Martin Hollis, will be running demonstrations at the market each time it visits St Andrews – the first Saturday in each month – starting this coming weekend.

Barbara Wardlaw, the co-ordinator of Fife Farmers Market, said that she is thrilled by the news.

 “The Old Course Hotel approached us some time ago to ask if they could be involved in the market, and we have been working hard to make it happen.

 “We are delighted that Martin is to be our demo chef – and we are really looking forward to him becoming a part of our St Andrews market experience.”
 

General Manager at the iconic resort, Daniel Pereira, said that over the last few years, there had more and more work with the local community.

“We know that food and drink plays a vital role not just in our enjoyment of life, but it is also fundamental to supporting our region’s economy.

“The resort has more than 100 companies in and around St Andrews on its suppliers’ list – efforts that have been recognised and rewarded by the Scottish tourism industry. “

Daniel said that the resort had worked closely with the ‘Food from Fife’ team last year.

 “We were very proud to host the inaugural St Andrews Food & Drink Festival dinner last November. The Farmers’ Market plan was hatched during that time, and we are excited and very happy to be working with such an amazing and passionate collection of growers, rearers, producers and artisan crafts folk.”

 Executive chef Martin leads a team of chefs at the Old Course Hotel and oversees the resort’s 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant.

 “I have been involved in many demonstrations and displays over my career, but this is a first and one that is genuinely exciting.

 “The Fife Farmers’ Market has grown both in size and reputation and we are really looking forward to being involved. Our work at the resort is about taking the very best local, regional and Scottish ingredients – in season – and serving them to our guests and visitors, whether in our restaurants, the Jigger Inn or at the Duke’s Golf Club.

 “At the market demonstrations, I will be working with produce on site and showing those visiting the market just how to make the very best from the fabulous produce available.”

 The hotel held a ‘meet and greet’ this week which was attended by Barbara, Food from Fife’s Viv Collie, and local businesses.

 Barbara said that it had been good to get people together with Martin.

“We have such an eclectic collection of traders selling all manner of amazing produce – from the expected beef, lamb, pork, venison, poultry, fish, seafood, cheese and fresh fruit & vegetables to the less well known water buffalo, beers & ales, herbs, oils & vinegars and teas.

“I know Martin will have great fun working with them,” she said.

Viv also expressed delight over the joint initiative, and described it as a perfect example of how work done by Food from Fife can foster contacts and help to bring businesses together.

“Fife Farmers Market and the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa are both valued members of Food from Fife.

“This helps to spread the message about our wonderful natural larder to locals and visitors,” said Viv.
 

The first demonstration is this Saturday (4th May) at the Fife Farmers’ Market, St Andrews (in the car park between Argyle Street and Doubledykes Road). The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa will be at every St Andrews market up to and including Saturday November 2nd.

Martin’s recipes will be available to download from http://oldcoursehotel.co.uk/eventplanning/cookery_farmers_market.html and will also be shared via the hotel’s social media links on Facebook and Twitter.

Photograph of Martin Hollis by Trevor Russell

 

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