Searching out the secrets

TV chef Mark Greenaway

TV chef Mark Greenaway Eat Drink Discover Scotland, the new foodie show at Ingliston in September has teamed up with Edinburgh TV chef Mark Greenaway (pictured) to discover the secret ingredients that Scottish cooks just simply have to have in the pantry. We are being invited to reveal our favourite Scottish “secret ingredients” from herbs to condiments, alcohol to meats and even vegetables, providing they are either grown or produced in Scotland.

Mark and the Eat Drink Discover team will draw up a shortlist of the best entrants who will be invited to join him in a “cook off” at the Royal Highland Centre event on 12-14 September, where the winner will be chosen. The producer or retailer who supplied the winner with their “secret ingredient” will be given a free exhibition stand at next year’s event. Mark said: “It’s all too easy to keep using the same ingredients for the same dishes, so this competition is all about discovering new ingredients and new ways of using them. I’ll be sharing my favourite products from the length and breadth of Scotland on my website’s blog, suggesting ways to make the most of them. But I want others to follow suit and share their favourites with me. This is what food and cooking should be about and, with Scotland’s truly amazing larder, I’m sure I’ll find it extremely difficult to choose a winner.”

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