A ST Monans smokehouse is earning plaudits and praise in the world of fine foods.
East Pier, which is described as bringing a new taste to an ancient craft, cures and smokes fish and meat from local suppliers using smoking ingredients with a modern twist, such as beetroot, chocolate, cheese, olive oil and oatmeal.
It recently won gold in the Great Taste Awards 2011 for smoked Scottish salmon and cold-smoked venison and now owner James Robb has been shortlisted in the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland awards.
After training and working in London, James ran his own catering business in Edinburgh from the early 1990s and initially bought St Monans Smokehouse in 2005 to smoke fish and meat for his business.
However, the process became a passion and after acquiring the adjoining property, East Pier Smokehouse was created.
While he waits on the outcome of the Glenfiddich award, James is also looking forward to launching a new cafe and marine terrace at East Pier in 2012.
The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, now in its 14thyear, was established by the independent, family-owned single malt brand to recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture.
Elizabeth Lafferty from Glenfiddich said: “The pioneering spirit shown by all of this year’s nominees is amazing. We firmly believe that it should be recognised and celebrated wherever possible and established the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards to do just that. “
There are nine categories in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards – music, art, business, environment, sport, writing, screen, food and top Scot.