Local Chefs put Fife on the Menu at Open Championships

Fife Council is proud to be working with a confit of local chefs at the Fife Pavilion within the tented village at this year’s Open Championships in St Andrews.

Geoffrey Smeddle, chef-proprietor of the Peat Inn; Adam Handling, chef at the Esperante restaurant, St Andrews Fairmont; Richard Brackenbury from the Inn at Lathones; Jane Stewart from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company; Nichola Fletcher of Fletchers Venison; and Steve Mitchell from Puddledub Buffalo are just a few of those providing home grown produce and performing cookery demonstrations for visitors to this year’s Open and the Fife Pavilion.

In partnership with Fife Food Network, Development Services’ Fife Pavilion offers visitors the chance to sample the delights of the Kingdom’s larder. Visitors can sample some tasty treats, talk to the chefs, meet local suppliers and discover why Fife is a major food producer in Scotland.

Christopher Trotter, local chef, food writer, consultant, and a Celebrating Fife 2010 Local Hero, will be co-ordinating all recipes as well as carrying out cookery demonstrations. He said: “Living and working in Fife is a pleasure as, whatever the season, there is always fantastic fresh local produce available and lots of it will be highlighted at the Fife Pavilion in July”.

The Peat Inn recently won Restaurant of the Year at The Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards 2010 with chef-proprietor, Geoffrey Smeddle, being named Chef of the Year. In addition to those honours, the Inn was also awarded a Michelin Star this January. Geoffrey commented: “To be included in the line up for the Fife Pavilion is hugely exciting for me. Everyone knows of the golfing tradition in St Andrews but Fife is about so much more than golf. For me it is a wonderful opportunity to help promote our beautiful area at a world class event”.

Stuart Nichol, Executive Director Environment and Development Services said: “Fife Council is proud to present the Fife Pavilion at this year’s 150th anniversary of the Open Championship. With over 200,000 people expected to visit St Andrews and Fife during the tournament, it offers an unrivalled opportunity to promote the Kingdom. The Pavilion is a fantastic chance for visitors and locals to experience Fife in miniature as it displays a range of activities showcasing the area’s unique environment and distinct cultural identity and heritage.

The Fife Pavilion will be open every day from Monday, 12 July and the range of activities on offer includes:-

• Sampling a delicious treat from Fife’s larder at the daily cookery demonstrations given by local Fife chefs.

• Experiencing a flavour of Fife’s year of culture with a series of Celebrating Fife 2010 snapshot performances.

• Seeing the new version of iconic painting, The Golfers by Charles Lee, unveiled.

• Enjoying live workshop demonstrations from some of Fife’s business community.

• Learning how Fife is a centre of Excellence for renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

• Meeting the experts and passion behind the most comprehensive Golf education facility in the world – Elmwood College.

• Playing the Old Course on the World Golf Tour golf simulator.

• Meeting some of Fife’s “Local Heroes” and learning how they have influenced the world.

• Finding out how you can visit Knockhill and one of its three superb Celebrating Fife 2010 flagship events.

• Learning how to trace a family history with Fife's Libraries & Museum's genealogy service.

Notes to Editors:

• Tourism contributes over £200 million to Fife’s economy and supports around 12,000 jobs.

• Fife Council is the largest player in tourism in Fife not only in terms of its funding investment but also in its activities in support of tourism.

• The Fife Tourism Partnership is responsible for setting out the strategic priorities for tourism in Fife.

• Universally known as the home of golf; and home to the world famous Old Course, the R&A, and the British Golf Museum, Fife is recognised as a global centre of golfing excellence.

• A Fife Golf Alliance is under proposal to oversee the development, management and promotion of a fully integrated Fife golf product.

• Fife Food Network aims to promote good quality food and drink experiences in Fife, identifying the region as a quality food producer for local and wider markets and as a destination for food tourism.

• 2010 is Fife’s Year of Culture. Fife Council is co-ordinating an ambitious year-long programme of events and opportunities which aims to raise awareness in Fife, Scotland and beyond of Fife’s special gifts while broadening access to and participation in cultural activities and experiences for all.

• Local Heroes is a year long celebration of people with a strong Fife connection – individuals whose innovations, adventures and talents have made a difference in Fife and across the world.

Picture Caption:-  Left to Right: Geoffrey Smeddle and Christopher Trotter at The Peat Inn.

Contact: Frances Chisholm
Phone: 08451 555 555 Ext 44 26 89
Email: frances.chisholm@fife.gov.uk
Website: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk