Top chef represent UK at Bocuse d’Or with Scotch Lamb

By | Nov 20, 2010

Scotch Lamb will be a main ingredient in a competition taking place in Lyon, France in January 2011. Scottish seafood will also feature on the menu. Simon Hulstone is the UK finalist in the Bocuse d’Or, an international contest set up by culinary legend Paul Bocuse in 1987 to celebrate the individual talent of young chefs.

Andrew Fairlie and Scotch LambEarlier this month, as part of his preparation for the competition Simon, came north to meet Scots farmers and chefs with a passion for Scotch Lamb. Accompanied by Jordan Bailey who will assist him at the competition, Simon visited Stirlingshire farmer Andrew Morton, who runs a 1450-head flock of top quality Scottish sheep and lamb over around 1000 acres with his parents, Andrew and Jean, at Lochendarm, near Denny.

During his visit north of the Border Simon met with Scotland’s only two Michelin-star chef, Andrew Fairlie at The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder who is a real champion for Scottish Lamb.

Andrew Fairlie described Bocuse d’Or as “Very challenging, demanding and a real test of the creativity of competing chefs. If anyone in the UK can win Bocuse d’Or it is Simon  he is the best competition chef in the country at the moment.”

The irony is that consumers on the Continent appreciate the quality of Scotch Lamb but in Scotland it is not appreciated enough. We are a nation of beef eaters and lamb comes a long way behind. On the Continent they love our Scotch lamb and we should be eating a lot more of it.”

During his visit to Scotland Simon receive tips from Aberfoyle butcher Jonathan Honeyman who demonstration the best ways to butcher Scotch Lamb in Tom Lewis kitchen at Monachyle Mohr in the Trossachs.

Chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Albert and Michel Roux and Heston Blumenthal have also pledged to support Simon and appreciate the importance of the competition, a culinary equivalent to the Holywood Oscars, and the most sought-after prize for chefs around the globe and a fantastic international platform for Scotch Lamb.

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