TV chef says there’s no place quite like home

Masterchef star says Perthshire pro­duces some of the best in­gre­di­ents

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - EMMA CRICHTON ecrich­[email protected]­

A Masterchef star has hailed Perthshire as home of some of the best food in the world.

Theodore Chana from Braco was a con­tes­tant on Masterchef: The Pro­fes­sion­als in 2016 and has re­turned to his roots after four years of glo­be­trot­ting.

De­spite work­ing with world-class chefs and tast­ing some of the finest cui­sine, the 27-year-old in­sists there is no place like home.

“I’ve been all over the world and have worked with celebrity chefs from all over the world but I still be­lieve Perthshire is the place to be,” he said.

“See­ing all dif­fer­ent places and tast­ing all dif­fer­ent food has made me ap­pre­ci­ate how amaz­ing the pro­duce and scenery here in Perthshire is.”

Theodore started his ca­reer at Crom­lix House Ho­tel, near Dun­blane, now owned by Andy Mur­ray.

He has also spent time at Kin­loch House Ho­tel in Blair­gowrie and the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel before jet­ting off to Aus­tralia to start his trav­els.

Since re­turn­ing to Scot­land, he worked at the Stag and This­tle in Cri­eff before turn­ing to pri­vate cater­ing. He reg­u­larly goes for­ag­ing to find the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents and soon hopes to open a restau­rant in Perthshire.

“Pri­vate cheff­ing is very dif­fer­ent to the at­mos­phere of a restau­rant kitchen but I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he said.

“A lot of the venues are amaz­ing, like cas­tles and big houses which are pri­vately owned, so it’s great to be able to get in to see them.

“It has been a crazy few years and I’ve been work­ing non-stop since I got back so I’m look­ing for­ward to a hol­i­day when I can fit that in.

“I had the op­por­tu­nity to cook for the Queen at her Holy­rood Palace gar­den party in the sum­mer which was amaz­ing.”

Before he puts his feet up, Theodore will share his pas­sion for Perthshire pro­duce with a 10-course tast­ing menu at the Ve­nachar Lochside restau­rant in Cal­lan­der.

He will host the event on Jan­uary 12 along­side fel­low Masterchef: The Pro­fes­sion­als con­tes­tant Jecca Maxwell, us­ing lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate canapés, bread, seafood dishes, ravi­oli and desserts.

Theodore said: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the event, I’m itch­ing to get into the kitchen and get started.

“I love cook­ing us­ing fresh, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents.

“I learned from my mum, who is an amaz­ing cook. I def­i­nitely get some of my talent from her.”

Theodore has re­turned to Scot­land after four years of glo­be­trot­ting.

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