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Top Chef Says Shetland Mussels are Best in World

SCOTLAND, UK - Shetland mussels received the ultimate accolade of being described as the best in the world by leading French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli during a recent visit to the islands.

Novelli gave his seal of approval during a trip to Shetland’s first ever Food Festival where part of his tour included a visit to shellfish farm Blueshell Mussels Ltd.

The tour of the farm at Brae, which is part of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG), included a boat trip to see at first hand the mussels being harvested from their growing ropes, followed by a tasting session back ashore.

Michael Laurenson of Blueshell said: “Jean-Christophe was delighted with the quality of the mussels, declaring them to be the ‘best in the world’.”

Michael, who is also chairman of SSMG, added: “Jean-Christophe seemed genuinely impressed with our operation here and the quality and succulence of our mussels.”

Jean-Christophe Novelli said: “My visit to Shetland was extremely interesting and the quality of the food produced in the islands is tremendous. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the mussels that are grown in the clean waters around Shetland. These mussels are in my opinion the best in the world.”

the Fish Site Editor

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