Five Quick Questions: Jamie Scott of The Newport Restaurant

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Jamie Scott was born in Kirkliston around the time mum Winnie was working at the Caledonian. His dad, Grant, was in the Black Watch and the family moved around when Jamie was young. He started his career at 14 as the most junior person in the kitchen of his parents’ pub, and eventually worked his way up to running it.

He opened his first restaurant last year – The Newport in the coastal town of Newport-on-Tay in Fife – after he became the champion on the 2016 television series of MasterChef the Professionals.

Jamie will appear at the Eat & Drink Festival, which is coming to the SEC Glasgow 26 – 29th May.

Before he arrives in town for some cookery demonstrations, we had Five Quick Questions

What’s your earliest food memory?

My earliest food memory is watching my Gran baking in the kitchen. My Mum and Dad worked as club stewards and she did all the home baking from brandy baskets, shortbread, meringues and scones. I was always amazed at the volume she would churn out with ease at any time of day.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

I don’t have one favourite dish but I do like anything BBQ at this time of year, short ribs, lamb belly or pork chaps are all personal favourites.

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What will you be doing at the Eat & Drink Festival at the SEC?

I will be cooking halibut, brioche crust and heritage tomatoes, light and perfect for a quick summer dish.

What ingredients are you inspired by right now?

Scottish asparagus is right in season and its never long enough! Turbot, freshly caught on day boats is fresh on the menu each day.

What’s the most treasured item in your kitchen?

My knives first always. I have collected them over the years and they are my prize possessions. I’ll cook in any kitchen as long as I have them.

Jamie will be appearing at the brand new Eat & Drink Festival which is taking place from the 26-29 May 2017 at the SEC Glasgow. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit their website here.
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