Michelin-Starred Scottish chef Tom Kitchin is visiting St Boswells this Sunday, to open the Main Street Trading Company’s new deli and home shop, located in a barn behind the existing cafe and bookshop.
Owners Rosamund and Bill de la Hey said their new business venture brings them “one step closer to fulfilling their mission: to create a haven for book and food lovers, and a destination shopping experience in the Borders”.
Masterchef Kitchin added: “I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and I’m excited to be launching Mainstreet’s Deli, particularly as their menu incorporates fresh ingredients from the surrounding area – they seem to be as passionate as I am about using local, seasonal produce.”
Kitchin opened his first restaurant, The Kitchin, on Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront, with his wife Michaela in 2006. Just six months later in January 2007, The Kitchin was awarded a Michelin star, making him the youngest ever Scottish chef proprietor to achieve one – at the age of 29. Since then, he has taken the nation’s culinary scene by storm, appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen, and on the final chef’s table on Masterchef.
Bill and Rosamund expressed their delight the chef could take time out from his busy restaurant from 4-5pm on Sunday, when he will be cutting the ribbon, and signing copies of his new book for home cooks: Kitchin Suppers.
The book’s publicist writes: “Scotland’s hottest chef takes us into his home kitchen to show just how accessible, inexpensive and uncomplicated gourmet food can be. Tom draws on his experience of home-cooking to provide a superb collection of 80 recipes for the time-pressured cook that make the most of fresh, seasonal food.
“From one-pan wonders and meals that can be put together in half-an-hour, to intensely-flavoured braises that can be assembled in next to no time and left alone to cook, there are brilliant ideas for easy midweek meals. Shopping for them is easy, techniques are straightforward and they are fun to cook.
“Tom also offers readers his ‘Kitchin Secrets’, covering a host of topics, including sourcing the best ingredients, preparing ahead, getting the timing right, and balancing the flavours of a dish.”
The top chef adds: “I firmly believe you can produce a healthy, seasonal, flavoursome dish in no time at all if you have the right ingredients, and I hope my new book inspires people to do so.”
Kitchin’s ethos, of championing Scotland’s local, seasonal ingredients, accords with Bill’s own philosophy for the deli, which is focusing on Borders-made produce, including charcuterie from Peelham Farm and Hardiesmill, Standhill cheeses, and Julia Bruce’s cakes and pastries. “Hopefully we’ll be using more and more local suppliers,” he said.
Bill’s love of cheese and cider from England’s West Country, where he grew up, will also add flavour, and so will his passion for Spanish, North African and Middle Eastern food. Nationally, Bill will be sourcing a range of cheeses from suppliers such as Anthony Rowcliffe & Sons and I J Mellis.
Speaking to TheSouthern, Kitchin revealed he rates Borders ingredients “massively”, in particular the seasonal game sourced for his restaurant.
“At the moment, all our hare and roe deer is coming from the Borders,” he told us.
He added that many of the Scottish recipes in his new book can be adapted to use these Border delicacies, such as partridge, mushrooms and shellfish.
“The deli is pushing local food, so I’m delighted to help,” he said. “I’ve heard great things about the shop, and hey, it’s a Sunday, so it’s a fun day out for my family.”
A spokesperson for Main Street Trading explained more about the expansion of this St Boswells success story: “As with the food, the homeware has been sourced locally, nationally and internationally, focusing on the more unusual independent artisan suppliers.
“Mainstreet is keen to showcase the beauty of paper, with a focus on stationery, gift wrap, cards and notebooks, including the delightful Aninotes range of flick books, as well as offering their own bespoke gift wrapping service.
“With a background in children’s publishing and having a young family herself, Rosamund is also keen to offer unusual gifts for children ranging from traditional wooden toys to raffia toy boxes made in Madagascar and beautiful bookplates.”
Earlier this year, Main Street Trading was named Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 at the Bookseller Industry Awards.
Over Christmas the new deli and home store, like the bookshop and cafe, will be open seven days a week, with late opening on Thursdays.