Countdown to Forth Bridges festival fun

Fife chef and restaurant reviewer Christopher Trotter
Fife chef and restaurant reviewer Christopher Trotter

Two of Queensferry’s top chefs are set to go head to head in a culinary challenge as part of the Forth Bridges Festival.

Executive chef Marc Robertson, second-in-command at the Dakota Hotel, and Chris McDermott, head chef at the 
Inchcolm Inn aim to cook up a storm as they compete in a Ready, Steady, Cook style contest to be crowned the Forth Bridges Festival Chef of the Year 2015.

The contest, which will see members of the audience invited to vote by holding up foodie-themed score cards, will be presented by Fife food ambassador and author 
Christopher Trotter, who is hosting a number of other events as part of the two-day spectacular designed to celebrate 125 years of the Forth Bridge.

The cook-off between Marc, who has worked at a number of top restaurants with the likes of Mark Hix and Jean Christof 
Novelli, and Chris, whose restaurant is situated between the iconic Forth Bridges, kicks off next Saturday, July 25, as part of the family Sunday afternoon tea party.

Other daytime foodie highlights on the Sunday include a summer fruits demonstration by Christopher Trotter.

The Fife chef will use produce provided by local farm deli and cafe Craigie’s to whip up a series of summer delights as well as deliver a lesson in cooking with fresh, seasonal, local produce sourced from Hopetoun Farm Shop.

Christopher said: “We have two iconic structures, one of which has just been crowned a UNESCO World Heritage site.

‘‘And, of course, you can’t celebrate without food. There’s a huge variety of great food on offer locally and that, in itself, is something to be celebrated.

‘‘It’s all about using what’s out there in terms of locality and seasonality.

“It might be Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink but I’ve been celebrating Scotland’s food and drink for the last 30 years and it’s something we should do every year.”

Other party weekend highlights include a vintage-themed Forth Bridge Party to a soundtrack of 20s, 50s and 70s music, while the vintage tea party will offer a plethora of entertainment.

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