Scotland’s National Chef teams up with Merchant City restaurant for celebration of Scottish produce

Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean is teaming up with Glasgow restaurant Mharsanta to put on a special evening celebrating Scottish food and drink.

Planned for Friday 4th February 2022, ‘Celebration of Scotland’ will see the former MasterChef winner put on an exclusive menu which champions Scotland’s rich larder of homegrown ingredients.

Guests will be treated to an arrival cocktail and a warm welcome from the man himself, before Gary disappears into the kitchen to prepare the four-course feast featuring produce sourced from the length and breadth of Scotland.

The night will also include a whisky tasting and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the acclaimed chef at the end of the night.

Scottish restaurant Mharsanta is situated at the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City and is delighted to host the pop-up event in collaboration with an award-winning chef who shares their passion for Scottish produce.

Gary Maclean said: “I love what Mharsanta do – they are brilliant at showcasing the very best of what Scotland has to offer so it’s great to come together for this event and to support local suppliers and producers. Pop ups like this are great fun. I normally only do three or four like this in a normal year so this one is really special as it’s my first since 2019.

“It’s vital that we as an industry try our best to have a positive outlook during these exceptionally difficult times. We want to give people something to look forward to. Mharsanta is the perfect venue for a brilliant night out and has invested a lot of time in making sure the venue is safe, the staff are trained, and the guests have a fantastic experience.”

Derek Mallon of Mharsanta said: “We’re very excited to be collaborating with Gary for our ‘Celebration of Scotland’ evening and to give people a memorable experience of Scottish food and drink at a time when we all need a bit of cheering up.

“Merchant City was once a bustling hub of trade, with Scottish produce at its heart. We want to emulate this and continue championing the range and quality of produce we have on our doorstep in Scotland.

“We’re trying to take a positive approach to business at the moment and continue planning for the future as best we can. An event like this helps us support others in the industry and we hope people will support us in return and join us for something very special in February”

Gary’s menu includes some adaptations on some of his MasterChef favourites including a starter of Ballantine of Scottish rabbit with tarragon mousse, cured ham, carrot, and apricot puree.

The fish course will see some stunning Gigha Halibut topped with a thin Orkney smoked cheddar crust and accompanied by a flavoursome brown crab risotto landed on the east coast.

Gary will also showcase a favourite recipe of his which he has cooked at Number 10 Downing Street, Bute House and at Scottish celebrations as far afield as Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Pan seared loin of Roe deer, sourced from Highland Game Dundee, will be accompanied by raw spiced and caramelized cauliflower for the perfect warming winter dish.

To finish, guests will be treated to a dessert which even food critic Jay Rayner loved, calling it a “proper piece of work”. It’s a shortbread with apple, vanilla, and heather honey dome, with compressed and pureed apples and crème fraiche, featuring Gary’s favourite honey from Heather Hills Farm in Blairgowrie, oats from Hamlyns of Banff and crème fraiche from Katy Rodgers of Knockraich Farm in Fintry.

Guests will receive a welcome choice of cocktail along with a whisky tasting experience.

The Mharsanta Celebration of Scotland with Gary Maclean is planned for 6pm on Friday, 4th February and is priced at £110 per person. For more information and to see the menu in full visit www.mharsanta.co.uk where you can purchase tickets.