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Masterchef winner joins salmon firm

Rob Fletcher
Rob Fletcher
07 December 2017, at 9:00am

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has appointed Gary Maclean, Scotland’s first national chef, as its food ambassador.

Gary, who has taught at City of Glasgow College for more than 17 years, recently won MasterChef: The Professionals and will act as an ambassador for SSC – championing its values of pride, passion and provenance and its focus on health and wellbeing.

The company has a long-standing relationship with Gary, having previously worked on recipe development alongside other staff and students at City of Glasgow College. In his new role with SSC, Gary will continue creating new and exciting recipes using the finest sea loch fresh Scottish salmon, as well as educating and inspiring fellow chefs and people across Scotland to use salmon when cooking. All of the recipes created with the MasterChef winner, plus nutrition and cooking tips, will be available on the SSC website. 

Masterchef winner Gary Maclean, visits Scottish Salmon Company sites at Portavadie and Cairndow © The Scottish Salmon Company

“As a chef born and bred in Scotland, it is fantastic to be working with The Scottish Salmon Company,” said Gary. “I’m passionate about cooking with local produce from the great Scottish larder, especially salmon, and I’m looking forward to developing some exciting new recipes.

“I had a great time visiting the Portavadie marine site and Cairndow processing plant where I was able to talk to the teams who play such a big part in bringing the salmon from sea to plate. It’s going to be a very interesting 12 months ahead and, as a teacher, I am sure my students will be excited to learn more about my experience working with SSC.”

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of SSC, added: “It is great to have Gary on board as our new food ambassador. His passion for quality and provenance perfectly mirrors our core values and we are excited to be working closely with him.

“Gary will be a valuable asset to our brand. He is committed to health and wellbeing and education and we are looking forward to developing our partnership and showcasing the quality of Scottish salmon.”