View to a thrill

Won­der­ful views over the Tay are not all that Masterchef: The Pro­fes­sion­als win­ner Jamie Scott’s in­no­va­tive new restau­rant has to of­fer

Scottish Field - - FOOD & DRINK - WORDS THE MYS­TERY DINER IL­LUS­TRA­TION BOB DE­WAR

Even as a nip­per, be­ing told not to do some­thing was the surest way to make you yearn to do it, no mat­ter how mind­less ‘it’ was. Not much changes in adult­hood be­cause de­nial still whets the ap­petite more ef­fec­tively than the most ful­some in­vi­ta­tion.

So af­ter a month when half a dozen calls to the New­port in search of a Fri­day or Satur­day night book­ing failed to yield one, de­ter­mi­na­tion took root. One way or an­other, we would go to New­port-on-Tay’s hottest ticket, even if it meant lunch on a wet Tues­day.

By the time we fi­nally got around to go­ing to The New­port, half of Fife had been, in­clud­ing a lot of friends. But then the pro­file of the place had been sky-high given that it is the love Clock­wise from top left: The in­te­rior of The New­port; Jamie Scott; the menu of­fers a tapas-style a la carte menu and a tast­ing menu; Scott goes for­ag­ing; clear, crisp style show­cases the main in­gre­di­ents. child of larger-than-life Masterchef: The Pro­fes­sion­als win­ner Jamie Scott, a young chef with more chat than Alan Carr and more tat­toos than David Beck­ham.

At first sight it’s an odd place for the 28-yearold chef from Ar­broath to be mak­ing his big splash given that he won his celebrity chef spurs mak­ing cui­sine of Miche­lin-star qual­ity. But Scott has re­turned to his roots on more than one level be­cause The New­port also marks a re­turn to his early years in the kitchen, when he started his gas­tro­nomic ca­reer cook­ing as a 14-year-old at his par­ents’ pub.

Any­one who knows New­port-on-Tay will know The New­port as a spit and saw­dust boozer, but Scott saw its po­ten­tial. Sited right

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