Michelin Star Chefs Support Scottish Food Fortnight

An annual celebration of Scottish produce has been backed by some of the country's leading culinary names.

Food columnist and cookery experts Lady Claire Macdonald and Wendy Barrie, along with Michelin star chefs Martin Wishart and Gordon Ramsay have all voiced support for Scottish Food Fortnight, the two week long event which is to be held from 1-16 September 2007.

Edinburgh based Michelin star chef Wishart said: "We have the perfect platform, here in Scotland, to offer visitors innovative and contemporary culinary experiences and our main aim is to develop the right networks and connections between our restaurants, local food outlets and Scottish producers.

"Our local producers provide the unique ingredients that give us a distinctive food identity and worldwide reputation for quality."

Fellow Scot and international TV chef Ramsay agreed: "Scottish produce is world class, from the most amazing scallops and lobsters to the finest beef in the world."

Scottish Food Fortnight was established in 2003 to raise awareness of the quality and variety of food and drink on offer in Scotland.

Producers, retailers, restaurateurs, farm shops, farmers' markets and hoteliers across Scotland participate in the fortnight to promote and celebrate Scottish produce.