When he worked as a sound recordist at BBC Scotland, Ian Cowie was affectionately known as 'Mr Snax', because of his fondness for 'gourmet grub'. Indeed, once – when working in Florida – a BBC colleague phoned him at 4am to ask where was the best place to eat in Inverness.
And this evening he has launched a website to celebrate Scottish food – including its producers and restaurants.
The site – set up in association with former BBC Scotland colleagues, Frank Mungall and Stuart Pauley – is to initially comprise a blog, plus photographs and video footage.
Cowie worked at BBC Scotland for 33 years, until two years ago when he took a voluntary redundancy package. Mungall and Pauley, both picture editors.
Two days ago, Mungall shot Cowie officially opening an Indian restaurant in the Canonmills district of his home town of Edinburgh.
As a taster of what's to come….
Mr Snax's Food Heaven and Food Hell:
Beef fillet medallions in a port jus with asparagus tips and cheddar melt
Roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary
Butterscotch ice cream with poached pear
Sago and tapioca
Hot food served on cold plates