Food for thought: BBC winner wants to become the country’s first national chef
THE UK’s newest MasterChef now wants to become Scotland’s first national chef.
Gary Maclean, who won the latest MasterChef series on BBC, has said he would like to be considered for the new role which aims to make Scots eat better.
The post, the first of its type in the world, was a key pledge in the SNP Government’s manifesto last May and an appointment is expected in the near future.
If appointed Maclean, 45, a senior chef lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and a father of five, would act as ambassador, championing good food and encouraging higher consumption of fresh local produce.
The role chimes with the SNP’s pledge to introduce a Good Food Nation bill, a new £5 million fund to promote island and regional food and drink brands, a renewed drive to increase demand for the supply and demand of organic food in Scotland and to encourage local authorities to procure more Scottish produce.
Maclean, who teaches on the college’s acclaimed HND Professional Cookery course, said: “I’d love to be Scotland’s national chef.
“I’m passionate about Scottish produce and I don’t think there’s enough education about it generally.
“There’s a massive gap between what we grow and what we actually eat.
“We somehow have to bridge that gap. The general public don’t get how good our produce is. I think this lack of knowledge comes from the parents. There’s a lot of work to be done.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “We are currently considering options to deliver the commitment to appoint a national chef in consultation with stakeholders.” At home with Gary Maclean and his family in The Herald Magazine today.
GARY MACLEAN: The lecturer says he would like to be an ambassador championing good food and local produce.