AN award-winning Aberdeen chef is getting ready to head to New York City next week to fly the flag for Scottish food and drink.
The ‘kilted chef’, Craig Wilson, chef-proprietor of North-east restaurant, Eat on the Green, is participating in Scotland Week in New York, speaking at VisitScotland’s business tourism lunch as an ambassador for Scotland food and drink.
Says a spokesperson: “Scotland week, which runs from 4 April to 11 April, is an annual celebration of all things Scottish, organised by the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and Scottish Development International. Throughout the week, a programme of events will take place, including the popular Scotland Run and Tartan Day parade.”
Mr Wilson will be speaking at a tourism lunch at the Modern Museum lead by VisitScotland, with Fiona Hislop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, in attendance, along with key business and travel media representatives.
Craig will also be linking up with Scottish artist Gerard Burns, Scottish fashion designer Iona Crawford and Mark Hogarth creative director at Harris Tweed Hebrides at various events.
Eat on the Green, which is located in Udny Green, near Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is renowned for its passion for local produce with the finest quality ingredients on the menu, including locally-reared Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway black pudding, Highland venison and homegrown fruit and vegetables.
Since opening in 2004, Eat on the Green has become known as one of the best restaurants in Aberdeenshire, securing numerous accolades in its ten years, and has catered for many exclusive events including, the International film festival dinner in Edinburgh Castle and last year the Taste of Success post Ryder Cup celebration evening at Stirling Castle.
Mr Wilson, said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to be flying the flag for the North-east of Scotland and excited to share my passion for Scottish food and drink to a vibrant city like New York.
“Scotland has an outstanding and very exciting food scene with abundance of local producers on our doorsteps, with our fish, beef, chocolatiers, gin and whisky industries continuing to thrive.
“As a local and Scottish chef, I am truly passionate about the food and drink that is produced in Scotland and this year as we come together to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, it is a great privilege to be given the chance to promote our produce further afield and in the words of Frank Sinatra, start spreading the news.”
VisitScotland chair, Mike Cantlay said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Craig Wilson speaking at our Scotland Week business tourism lunch.
“The Year of Food and Drink 2015 raises awareness of the diverse and fresh cuisine on offer in Scotland. Research shows that £1 in every £5 spent by visitors is on food and drink and I’m sure Craig will be a great help flying the flag in New York for our incredible larder.
“North America is one of our biggest markets and therefore this exceptional week of activity provides VisitScotland with the ideal platform to showcase everything that Scotland has to offer.”
Eat on the Green, which is run by Craig and his wife Lindsay, has recently undergone a major refurbishment to create a new dining experience for the North-east. The restaurant also boasts an exclusive Laurent-Perrier champagne lounge, a private chef’s table with a live kitchen camera, along with additional private dining rooms and champagne afternoon teas.
As part of pre-celebrations for Scotland Week, Eat on the Green, will be incorporating a New York theme throughout the restaurant this weekend with cocktails, canapés, music and speciality New York themed recipes on the menu.
For more information about Eat on the Green, please call the restaurant on 01651 842337.
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