Borders strawberries on menu for chef challenge

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Some of the best of Borders produce features in a new series of promotional films produced by VisitScotland.

Top chefs from across Scotland are set to inspire wannabe culinary masters in the movies showcasing home-grown produce to celebrate the Year of Food & Drink.

VisitScotland’s Scottish Summer Food Challenge features three of the country’s finest chefs discovering the story behind a great Scottish ingredient before cooking it in their favourite way – in some cases outdoors. One of the trio, Mark Greenaway, owner of Edinburgh’s Restaurant Mark Greenaway, headed to Border Berries at Rutherford Farm, Kelso, to find out more about the strawberry harvest.

The Challenge aims to encourage viewers to serve up their own culinary creations using Scottish-sourced ingredients and share the images using the Year of Food & Drink hashtag #tastescotland.

Mr Greenaway said: “It was a pleasure to take part in the VisitScotland’s Scottish Summer Food Challenge. Scotland has a fantastic and varied natural larder and I hope the fruits of my filming will encourage people to explore what culinary delights can be found on their doorstep and then cook up a storm in the kitchen.”

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland chairman, added: “It’s the year of Food and Drink, so what better way to celebrate it than by getting some tasty tips from a selection of Scotland’s master chefs as they serve up delicious dishes using a fine array of Scottish-sourced produce.”

The Year of Food & Drink celebrates the role that food and drink plays in shaping Scotland’s economic success. Scotland generates more than £2.5 million per day through food and drink tourism.