Chefs help St Andrews Farmers Market dish up a seasonal feast

Martin Hollis, head chef at the Old Course Hotel.
Martin Hollis, head chef at the Old Course Hotel.

Two of Scotland’s top chefs will be kicking off a series of seasonal feasts at St Andrews farmers market on May 2.

Martin Hollis, executive chef at The Old Course Hotel, and Scott Davies, head chef at The Adamson will be at May’s market in St Andrew with other chefs including Geoffrey Smeddle of the Michelin-starred Peat Inn, Ian MacDonald of The St Andrews Links, Alan Matthew of The Fairmont, and Jamie Scott of Rocca, scheduled to appear at later markets over the summer months.

Dishes will feature the monthly seasonal flavours of gooseberry, asparagus and crab alongside fresh local market produce will be cooked up live at the market by Hollis and Davies.

Tom Mitchell, chairman of Fife Farmers Market said: “I’m delighted to welcome two of Scotland’s best chefs to the farmers market. Getting such chefs involved in the markets is not only a great opportunity for the public to meet them face-to-face but also shows the strong links that our producers have with local restaurants. It’s a great way of demonstrating the strength of the local food chain and showing how easy it is to eat the best local and seasonal produce at home or when you’re eating out.”

The monthly seasonal flavours the chefs will focus on are linked to seasonal specials on the Road Hole Restaurant menu at the Old Course Hotel, reinforcing its local and seasonal provenance.

Chef Martin Hollis said: “I love visiting the farmers market and these cookery demonstrations provide a great opportunity to celebrate the very best of local Fife produce – something I’ve always showcased in my cookery at The Old Course. I’m a big fan of cooking with produce from the farmers market and, alongside Scott Davies, look forward to cooking up some truly delicious dishes.”

The Old Course Hotel has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Fife Farmers Market since 2013 and the opportunities to work together continue to grow.

St Andrews Farmers Market takes places in Argyle Street (North) Carpark on the first Saturday of every month between 9am and 1pm. There are up to 30 stalls selling a variety of local produce from fruit, vegetables, cheese and chocolate to venison, beef, buffalo, pork and freshly smoked Arbroath Smokies.

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