Scotland appoints Masterchef: The Professionals winner as National Chef

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Scotland appoints Masterchef: The Professionals winner as National Chef
Scotland has appointed its first ‘National Chef’, to take forward plans to make the country a ‘Good Food Nation’.

Gary Maclean, winner of last year’s BBC MasterChef: The Professionals, has been tasked with celebrating national produce, and championing locally sourced and locally produced food and drink.

He will also be expected to teach communities how to make the most of ingredients to create healthy and affordable meals.

The chef, who has also been a senior chef lecturer at the City of Glasgow College for 14 years, was appointed to the role by the Scottish government on Thursday after minister Nicola Sturgeon committed to promoting locally produced food and drink as part of September’s programme for government.

The announcement was made by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing.

"As a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, nutritious and locally sourced food, I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Scotland’s first National Chef,” says MacLean.

“I'm sure my passion for education will also help to promote the benefits that Scottish produce can have on a healthy diet and will help to change our relationship with locally sourced and produced food.

Scotland's food and drink sector is worth about £13.5bn a year, according to economic development agency Scottish Enterprise. 

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