Scottish produce in the spotlight

• Shirley Spear has kicked off a celebration of culinary heritage.

CHEF and restaurateur Shirley Spear is promoting Scotland’s culinary heritage as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology tourism theme.

Spear, owner of The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye who was awarded an OBE last year for services to the food and drink industry in Scotland, has joined forces with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the year-long celebration which aims to highlight the history of Scottish produce and its associations with life down the years – from crofting and hunting to farming and fishing.

“Our culinary history is such a fundamental part of Scotland’s story,” said Spear.
“I hope that the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will encourage people to get out and about exploring some of our outstanding, historic places and archaeological sites, having fun learning about our heritage of food and cooking, as well as eating and drinking some of the great produce that continues to be such an important part of our culture in Scotland.”