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Competition launched to find Scotland's top oyster opener

13 August 2019, at 10:30am

Scottish chefs and seafood sector professionals are being encouraged to take part in Seafood Scotland’s third annual Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships.

After two successful years, the competition returns to the Stranraer Oyster Festival in search of 2019’s Scottish Oyster Shucking Champion who will go on to represent Scotland at the World Championships in Galway, Ireland in September.

Gordon Reekie, chef at That’s Yer Dinner in Glasgow, shucked his way to the winners' podium last year and is encouraging other Scottish chefs to do the same after he gained international recognition whilst representing his country at the World Championships.

Gordon Reekie, chef at That’s Yer Dinner (left) and Ferran Segeur Meyfroodt, head oyster shucker at Oysterman Events (right) will both be present at the Stranraer Oyster Festival's Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship
Gordon Reekie, chef at That’s Yer Dinner (left) and Ferran Segeur Meyfroodt, head oyster shucker at Oysterman Events (right) will both be present at the Stranraer Oyster Festival's Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship

Reekie said: “Winning the ShuckOff title last year will undoubtedly remain a career highlight of mine for years to come. Not only for my own pride as a chef, the industry recognition or even getting the chance to represent my country, but more so the pride of being an ambassador for the amazing, quality seafood which we source from Scottish waters.”

Amanda Anderson from Barra Oysters will return to her position as ShuckOff judge, accompanied by Clare MacDougall from Seafood Scotland. World champion oyster shucker and Guinness World Record holder, Patrick McMurray (aka Shucker Paddy) will make his way to Stranraer from Toronto again as the lively host of the championships.

Taking place on 14 September, from 11am – 2.30pm at the Stranraer Oyster Festival, the finalists will battle it out to shuck up to 30 oysters in under three minutes.

Clare MacDougall, trade marketing manager at Seafood Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to bring the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships back for another year and I’m confident this year’s event will attract even more entrants, including chefs, oyster growers, producers, fisherman and industry specialists from across the country.

“It’s a great competition to take part in and each year it grows in popularity, fast developing as an unmissable staple in the Scottish seafood calendar. Our previous two winners and their representation at the World Championships have propelled support from the industry, as well as Scottish recognition at the global event - a goal which will develop further as the event grows.”

If you are a chef or professional in the seafood sector and looking to sign up to the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships, email dannielle@clarkcommunications.co.uk.