Photo courtesy of Martin Wishart.
The Falkirk forBusiness Magazine
Issue 3 • December 2011
Michelin Praise For ‘Scotland’s Wealth of Good Eateries’
SEASONALITY and locally sourced ingredients are strengths in Scotland’s larder which many chefs are keen to showcase on their menus. Seafood, game, beef and lamb from Scotland are among the best in the world. Slow ripened soft fruit like strawberries and raspberries which are sweeter and more flavoursome, are very much in demand, and firm favourites both at home and abroad. Michelin sets the standard for aspiring chefs as a quality benchmark and influences what they do. Many diners, and indeed chefs, will make a special trip to sample such high end cuisine. Rebecca Burr, editor-in-chief of The MICHELIN Great Britain & Ireland 2012 guide, said: “Scotland offers a wealth of good eateries and the standard is high. It is famed for wonderful ingredients and we are seeing a rise in the standards of chefs’ use of the products.
Those places chosen for the Michelin guide are a good crosssection of style and price from a simple gastropub to a luxury restaurant. The same criteria are used across our collection of guides and therefore the places are chosen by the inspectors using the same exacting standards. The diverse choice is based the quality of the food, but we also look for and consider value for money.” The new guide was published in October for the first time this year and the latest edition of eating out in pubs in early November. The only two star restaurant in Scotland is still Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles in Auchterarder. The guide advises that two stars represents ‘Excellent cooking, worth a detour’ while a one star establishment has ‘Very good cooking in its category’. Edinburgh is still the jewel in the Scottish Michelin crown with five of the 15 one star restaurants featured in the 2012 edition of the Great Britain and Ireland Guide located there. Martin Wishart has just gained a star for his restaurant based at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond, to add to the one he has had for its Edinburgh counterpart since 2001.