Top Edinburgh chef and restaurateur, Mark Greenaway, in conjunction with Eat Drink Discover Scotland, is on a mission – to discover Scotland’s best-kept ‘secret ingredients’.
By putting one of Scotland’s eleven regions in the spotlight every week in the run up to the foodie flagship event of the autumn, he plans to unveil the best local ingredients from each part of the country – and next week it is Edinburgh and the Lothians turn. Mark is heading to Hopetoun Farm Shop to raid their larder and run a masterclass using their award winning home grown products and, better still, he doesn’t have a clue what he’s going to prepare – he plans to turn up empty handed and invite the audience to tell him what to use!
It’s all part of Eat Drink Discover Scotland’s social media campaign, which invites the public to reveal their favourite Scottish ‘secret ingredients’ by detailing what they are and where they’re purchased. The criteria range from herbs to condiments, alcohol to meats and even vegetables, providing they are either grown or produced in Scotland. Applicants are being encouraged to be as unpredictable, creative and unusual as possible. Mark and the Eat Drink Discover team will draw up a shortlist of the best entrants who will be invited to join him in a ‘cook off’ at the event, where the winner will be chosen. The producer or retailer who supplied the winning contestant with their ‘secret ingredient’ will be given a free exhibition stand at next year’s event.
The masterclass, which has been titled ‘Hopetoun’s Secret Ingredients’, takes place at the award winning Farm Shop near South Queensferry on Thursday 10th July at 6.30pm. The event will offer the chance to explore alternative uses for certain foods, as Mark plans to be highly creative with the ingredients customers have selected for him to use. The shop is encouraging everyone to submit their ideas for Mark’s ingredients on the night and will also invite guests to bring along their own secret ingredient too.
Hopetoun Farm Shop Manager, Elaine Shirley, commented: “The Eat Drink Discover Scotland Secret Ingredient campaign is brilliant, as it has really got people thinking about the ingredients they use that are from Scotland. We know Mark will further inspire everyone to cook with Scottish foods and showcase the vast range of produce available right on their doorstep, throughout the year.”
Derek Mackintosh, Hopetoun Farm Shop’s expert butcher, will also be on hand to offer advice on meat cuts, quantities and recipes over the weekend, as well as providing information on the Estate reared meats available throughout the year, direct from the butchery counter.
Eat Drink Discover Scotland, which is taking place at the Royal Highland Centre between 12th and 14th September, will bring to life the rich diversity of Scotland’s brimming larder by featuring exhibitors from the length and breadth of the country. One for the foodies, it will be offering something for every palate, plate and price range and, with a regional focus, it will be providing opportunities for smaller rural food producers to share centre stage with more established brands. The weekend will also include demonstrations and masterclasses, such as chocolate workshops, cocktail making, game butchery and craft bakery.
Mark Greenaway said: “It’s all too easy to keep using the same ingredients for the same dishes, so this competition is all about discovering new ingredients and new ways of using them. I’m looking forward to exploring the larder at Hopetoun Farm Shop and using their award winning ingredients to make some of my favourite dishes - but I also want others to follow suit and to be inspired to share their favourites with me. This is what food and cooking should be about with Scotland’s truly amazing larder. “
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Mark Greenaway's Masterclass will be held on Thursday 10th between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 with opportunity to taste each dish and are available direct from the Farm Shop or by calling 01506 830716.