QMS seminar focuses on older lambs

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is holding a seminar next week to get more chefs to appreciate the more mature and tastier Scotch lamb readily available in the early months of the year.

The Late-Season Lamb Seminar, being held at Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon, will feature 3 Michelin-starred chef Cees Helder, showing the assembled group of chefs the opportunities for using older lamb.

This, in turn, is aimed at getting diners to enjoy the rich taste and texture of late-season lamb and to try their own lamb creations at home.

QMS marketing manager, Margaret Stewart said: "We believe that education and market development are hugely important if we want to improve the long-term future of the Scottish sheep industry.

"Our research shows many consumers don't know how to handle lamb, and have preconceived ideas about it that are not always based on fact."

Stewart added: "The role of the chef is important in changing these ideas, as many people will eat lamb out of home, but do not feel confident enough to buy it and cook it at home."

Chefs attending the seminar will be shown how to make best use of the larger carcases of those older lambs, and keep Scotch lamb on their menus until new-season lamb comes on to the market.

The QMS Late-Season Lamb Seminar is being held on Monday, 10 March, at 9.30am.