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Date: (19/12/2013)

Dundee and Fife chefs two of three finalists in UK BBC Masterchef: The Professionals

Production was underway in Fife and Angus in the summer of 2013 to show off the places and local produce that have influenced chefs from the region who made it through to the final of this year’s competition.

Competitor Adam Handling hails from Dundee and trained at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel just up the road in Perthshire.  It’s the good folks of London who get to enjoy his cooking these days where he is head chef at the Caxton Grill.  But he says he wants to come back to Scotland one day.



Scott Davies is based in home of golf, St. Andrews where he is head chef at The Adamson on the town’s South Street which opened in 2012.


Masterchef: The Professionals sees 32 professional chefs competing each year for the final accolade as judged by chefs at the very top of the profession; this year Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti of of London’s Le Gavroche plus renowned food expert, Greg Wallace.

He is an expert forager and favours local Scottish produce like game and mushrooms.

As a screen office, we’re especially intrigued that the restaurant is named after a previous occupant of the building Dr John Adamson.  In addition to medicine he was a pioneer photographer and took the first calotype portrait in 1841.

And so to the food.  Adam’s menu was ham hock followed by Lobster with chicken, truffle and carrots and his own special take on toffee apples for pudding.  Scott’s dishes included Scallop, cured salmon and crispy oyster with cucumber juice with a pudding of Coconut cream, pineapple and pistachio as wolfed down by judge Gregg Wallace.

Recipes for the dishes are at this BBC link and there’s more information at this BBC link where you will also be able to see all the episodes from the current series 6.

The West Sands at St. Andrews is an iconic film location and has featured in movies such as 'Chariots of Fire'.  It was featured in Rowan Atkinson's tribute film for the 2012 Olympics directed by Danny Boyle.You can see clips for film and TV shot in Fife at our Youtube and Vimeo Channels.

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