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The highest 5 cooks will prepare dinner up a storm at The Menu Meals and Drink Awards

With the town of St Andrews filled with guests for graduations and preparations for subsequent month’s Open Championship, a gaggle of native cooks took a while to start out planning one other spotlight on the Courier Nation calendar: The Menu Meals and Drink Awards.

As befits a celebration of all issues meals in Fife and Tayside, the awards ceremony will happen at The Outdated Course Lodge on Thursday 6 October, with the night centered round a five-course menu created by among the finest cooks within the area.

Three of these cooks met on the resort on Wednesday (June 22) to kick off the early phases of planning that menu and all had been delighted to share their ardour for the thriving native meals scene and for cooking with Fife produce. , Perthshire. and Angus.

Martin Hollis.

Martin Hollis, Govt Chef, The Outdated Course Lodge, St Andrews, has been concerned with the Menu Awards since its inception and is delighted to host the occasion as soon as once more.

Martin will oversee the menu choices to make sure that the celebration meals flows seamlessly from one course to the subsequent.

He’s additionally a dedicated advocate for meals from native suppliers. “The awards are a possibility to focus on hidden gems, to deliver out many individuals and their merchandise,” he says.

Praveen Kumar.

Praveen Kumar, Chef Proprietor of Tabla Indian Restaurant, Perth, has additionally been concerned in awards for quite a lot of years.

“I’m excited in regards to the alternative to affix in a celebration of native produce,” enthuses the chef.

“For me personally, it’s also a showcase of various meals cultures. We supply our lamb from the outskirts of Dundee, we develop herbs and greens regionally, and we get 50-60 kilos of spices despatched each month from my dad and mom in India.”

New expertise collaborating

New to this yr’s awards is Derek Johnstone, chef de delicacies at 18, the flagship restaurant of the lately refurbished Rusacks Lodge.

Derek Johnson.

Derek is delighted to be a part of the crew of esteemed cooks who will likely be showcasing improbable native meals.

“All of Fife is filled with inspiring produce,” he explains, “from St Andrews Bay shellfish and lobster to native berries and beef farmers, we’re blessed with meals proper on our doorstep.”

Ian Syme.

Ian Syme has lately returned to Fairmont St Andrews to tackle the function of Govt Chef. He says; “I’m delighted to be collaborating within the 2022 Menu Awards, and sit up for celebrating one of the best of foods and drinks in Fife and Tayside at such a pivotal time for the hospitality trade.

“Sustainability is on the core of my kitchen, and I imagine that one of the best dishes, most of the time, use components discovered proper on our doorstep.”

Dean Banks, chef/proprietor of Haar restaurant, can even exhibit his culinary abilities along with his contribution to the awards night time menu.

Dean Banks.

The awards rejoice one of the best of foods and drinks within the Tayside, Fife and Angus space and spotlight these within the hospitality trade who’re pushing boundaries and main the best way to excellence.

Watch this area to search out out which chef will create which dish for the awards dinner.

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