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Perthshire Farmer Inspires Chefs Of The Future

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Perthshire Farmer Inspires Chefs Of The Future

October 21
20:07 2013
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The Ritchie family, who farm Montalt at Path of Condie, Perthshire, have been working with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) on the project which has seen them open their farm gates to take part in the first of a series of features aimed at bringing chefs closer to producers.

 The case study-style features include interviews with farmers to help inspire chefs by improving their understanding of the care and pride farmers take in producing top quality Scotch Lamb.

 Margaret Stewart, QMS Marketing Manager, said: ‘The video project is aimed primarily at young chefs who aspire to reach the top of their trade. 

‘The message we hope to convey is that if you want to produce the best dishes you must use the best products and understand how they are produced before they reach the kitchen.

 ‘The more that chefs understand about a product’s unique characteristics, the better they will be able to use it.’

 Montalt runs 80 suckler cows and 580 grass-fed breeding ewes, which provide farm-assured Scotch Lamb to the industry. John Ritchie, who runs Montalt with his father, George, added: ‘From every ewe we get 1.7 lambs. The Texel cross mules give a real butcher’s quality lamb with a bit more meat on the carcass and they work very well off a grass-feed system. However, for us to make a niche and stand out, we’ve got to go that extra mile so that we can say everything we produce is to a standard that no one else is really producing at the moment.’

The farm insight features being produced by QMS are being complemented by features showing top chefs demonstrating dishes using Scotch Lamb, including Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles and his head chef, Stevie McLaughlin.

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A Perthshire farming family is helping to improve the understanding of chefs around the country about the care and hard work involved in the production of top quality Scotch Lamb.

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