A collaborative masterclass of top chefs from the St Andrews area will be gathering at the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa on the eve of St Andrews Day to present a celebratory dinner of food from Fife.
The idea – created by Viv Collie of the Fife Food Network’s “Food from Fife” initiative – will combine a unique pool of culinary talent available in the Home of Golf.
The dinner created by the chefs will be an important part of the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival at the end of this month.
Chefs from the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa, Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews Links and Fairmont St Andrews will be joined in the kitchen by the team from Adam Smith College, which now hosts the Scottish Junior Culinary Team.
An extra feature of the dinner will be a Quality Meat Scotland tutored tasting of Scotch Lamb – which will be the main course of this culinary extravaganza.
The Old Course Hotel, Resort and Spa’s Executive Chef, Martin Hollis, has welcomed the opportunity to lead the team.
“Our entire team at the resort – from our chefs in the three AA Rosette Awarded Road Hole Restaurant to our buyers who are tasked with sourcing the very best local, seasonal produce – work very closely with Viv and the producers and suppliers involved with “Food from Fife .”
“The idea of the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival is wonderful. We are very keen to support the project – and believe the collaborative idea to bring together the talents of chefs from across the town will reflect the exceptional mix of our regional produce and provide a unique dining experience for guests wanting to celebrate St Andrews Day.
The resort’s General Manager, Daniel Periera, said that the chefs have been meeting and planning the dinner, and their menu is awaited with great anticipation.
“We know all of the chefs have a genuine passion for fresh, local produce – so whatever is planned for the 29th November, the meal is set to be a stunning celebration of our finest ingredients, served on the eve of St Andrews Day to mark Scotland’s national day in mouthwatering style!”
One of the chefs taking part is Ian MacDonald, Executive Chef at St Andrews Links, who expressed his delight over being part of what everyone hopes will become an annual celebration involving chefs in St Andrews.
“I am especially delighted that we will all be including the next generation of our area’s cooking talent – including students from Adam Smith College, hosts of the Scottish Junior Culinary Team,” said Ian.
Viv said that the main St Andrews Festival marks and celebrates the history and culture of Scotland’s national day – and now a food and drink festival had been created to complement and support it.
“There will be a series of foodie events in and around the town, showcasing the skills of those who grow, rear, produce, prepare, cook and serve the fabulous food from Fife.”
“We are building on last month’s BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow where Food from Fife, together with Visit St Andrews, brought together a number of the town’s chefs for a very successful tasting theatre.
“More than 800 people attended nineteen sessions over three days, and we also used the event to highlight the planned St Andrews Food and Drink Festival activities.”
The St Andrews Food and Drink Festival runs from Friday 23 November to Sunday 2nd December. The programme includes cookery demonstrations, tastings, an extended Fife Farmers’ Market with a ‘pop-up’ restaurant, and events organised by local businesses involving wines, beers, cocktails and cheese tastings.