Champion chef named salmon ambassador

AN award winning chef has been appointed as food ambassador for the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC).

Gary Maclean, champion of MasterChef: The Professionals and Scotland’s first national chef, will represent SSC’s values of ‘pride, passion and provenance’ and its focus on health and wellbeing.

Maclean, who has taught at City of Glasgow College for more than 17 years, is known as ‘MacChef’ to his students.

He has a long standing relationship with the SSC, having previously worked on recipe development alongside other staff and students at City of Glasgow College.

In his new role he will continue creating recipes using Scottish salmon, as well as educating and inspiring fellow chefs and people across Scotland to use salmon when cooking.

All of the recipes, plus nutrition and cooking tips, will be available on the SSC website.

Maclean (pictured) said: ‘As a chef born and bred in Scotland, it is fantastic to be working with the Scottish Salmon Company.

‘I’m passionate about cooking with local produce from the great Scottish larder, especially salmon, and I’m looking forward to developing some exciting new recipes.

‘I had a great time visiting the Portavadie marine site and Cairndow processing plant, where I was able to talk to the teams who play such a big part in bringing the salmon from sea to plate.

‘It’s going to be a very interesting 12 months ahead and as a teacher I am sure my students will be excited to learn more about my experience working with SSC.’

Craig Anderson, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Company, said: ‘It is great to have Gary on board as our new food ambassador. His passion for quality and provenance perfectly mirrors our core values and we are excited to be working closely with him.’

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