Top chef Jamie is smokin’


MasterChef: The Professionals champion Jamie Scott paid a special visit to the E&O Arbroath Smokehouse after featuring their world-famous Smokies on his winning menu.

Jamie, who hails from Arbroath, spent years learning his craft in the town before joining the team at Rocca Restaurant in St Andrews. And when he went on to appear on the hit BBC show, he wanted to include the smoked haddock in the final as a nod to his hometown.

Rocca has now launched a MasterChef-inspired lunch and tasting menu, both of which feature head chef Jamie’s signature Arbroath Smokies with East Neuk crab and apple.

The 27-year-old said: “Arbroath Smokies are one of my favourite foods - my wife and I love to visit Arbroath harbour and eat Smokies straight from a paper bag.

“I couldn’t resist including them in my menu for the final and I’ve cooked at least 500 in the restaurant since then!”

Adrian Pieraccini, who owns Rocca with wife Susan, said: “The restaurant is busier than ever following MasterChef, and Jamie’s Arbroath Smokies are proving hugely popular.

“We take great pride in working with our suppliers to ensure we have the best Scottish produce on our menus.

“Whether it’s Anstruther lobster or venison from Allandale Estate, there is nothing better than local food cooked well.”