A number of Fife food, drink and tourism businesses have just taken part in a successful half day of free training activities.

The special event was open to businesses such as restaurant, bar or bistro owners, chefs, and food and beverage buyers – and feedback has already been very positive.

The event, “Profit on a Plate” was part of a series of free training events being run by the Fife Tourism Partnership, (supported by Fife Council) and Business Gateway Fife.

It was facilitated by Fife Food Network’s “Food from Fife” initiative, and took place this week at the SRUC Elmwood Campus in Cupar.

The programme included professional demonstrations, tastings,  and advice on imaginative menu ideas. There was also the opportunity to find out about using small and local suppliers, working with new products, menu development and buying policy, budgetary control and staff training.

Among those taking part were Viv Collie (Food from Fife) Marie Clare James (Federation of  Chefs Scotland), Douglas Ritchie (Experiencing Scotland), Elmwood chef/lecturer Wullie Balfour, Jackie Cannon (Fairmont St Andrews), Ian Macdonald, (St Andrews Links), Barbara Wardlaw, (Fife Farmers’ Market), Joe Wall of fine food and drink distributors the Cress Company, and Graeme Braid from Balgove Larder.

Food from Fife’s Viv Collie said that the event had been fully subscribed, and people who attended came from a range of businesses from B&Bs to visitor attractions

 “We want to thank everyone who attended. The feedback has been really good, and a number of suggestions have been made about potential topics for other courses

“The event also gave people the chance to see the excellent facilities in the training kitchen and restaurant at Elmwood” said Viv.

The main photograph shows Barbara Wardlaw (left) during the tasting session .



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