Scotland’s National Chef teams up with Mharsanta for celebration of Scottish produce

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Gary Maclean plans pop-up evening at Mharsant

Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean is teaming up with Glasgow restaurant Mharsanta to put on a special evening celebrating Scottish food and drink.

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The former MasterChef winner will be serving an exclusive menu that champions Scotland’s rich larder.


Guests will be treated to an arrival cocktail and a warm welcome from the man himself before Gary disappears into the kitchen to prepare a four-course feast.

The night will also include a whisky tasting and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the acclaimed chef at the end of the night.

Gary’s menu includes some adaptations on some of his MasterChef favourites including a starter of Ballotine of Scottish rabbit with tarragon mousse, cured ham, carrot, and apricot puree.

The fish course is Gigha Halibut topped with a thin Orkney smoked cheddar crust and accompanied by a brown crab risotto landed on the east coast.

Pan-seared loin of Roe deer, sourced from Highland Game Dundee, will be accompanied by raw spiced and caramelized cauliflower for the perfect warming winter dish.

To finish, guests will be treated to a dessert which even food critic Jay Rayner loved, calling it a “proper piece of work”. It’s shortbread with apple, vanilla, and heather honey dome, with compressed and pureed apples and crème fraiche, featuring Gary’s favourite honey from Heather Hills Farm in Blairgowrie, oats from Hamlyns of Banff and crème fraiche from Katy Rodgers of Knockraich Farm in Fintry.

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Friday 4th February, 6pm



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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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