Plough on the Hill chef gets national role
A chef at a north Northumberland restaurant has been appointed as Scotland's first National Chef
Gary Maclean, executive chef at The Plough on the Hill in Allerdean, will help take forward plans to make Scotland a Good Food Nation, not only in terms of produce but also what people buy, serve and eat.
Gary, the winner of BBC Masterchef: The Professionals 2016 and also a senior chef lecturer at the City of Glasgow College, will deliver a key Programme for Government commitment to promote locally sourced, locally produced food and drink.
He said: “As a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, nutritious and locally sourced food, I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Scotland’s first National Chef.
“I’m sure my passion for education will also help to promote the benefits that Scottish produce can have on a healthy diet and will help to change our relationship with locally sourced and produced food.”
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Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said: “The appointment of Gary Maclean as our National Chef will play a central role in celebrating the rich larder of produce that we have available and advocate the use of locally sourced, healthy, sustainable and affordable food.
“Scotland’s food and drink sector is a global success story and one of the main contributors to our economy. We want to build upon this success by becoming a world leading Good Food Nation where nutritious, fresh and environmentally sustainable food is a key part of what makes people proud of their country and Gary will play a leading role in delivering this ambition.”
Minister for Public Health Aileen Campbell added: “The National Chef will play an important role in delivering our healthy nation ambitions.”
She added: “As well as demonstrating how the selection, cooking and enjoyment of nutritious food contributes to a balanced and sustainable diet, Gary will also promote the benefits of healthy food for our physical, mental and social wellbeing.”