All the ingredients for a good day out

Jamie Scott cooks up a storm at Arbroath Sea Fest 2015.
Jamie Scott cooks up a storm at Arbroath Sea Fest 2015.

Following the success of his appearance at Arbroath Sea Fest 2015, top chef Jamie Scott will be hosting another of his mouth-watering cookery demonstrations at this year’s weekend-long maritime celebration at Arbroath Harbour on August 13 & 14.

Jamie, who recently opened his own restaurant with rooms, The Newport in Fife, will be appearing in his hometown on Sunday, August 14.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Arbroath Sea Fest in a couple of weeks,” said Jamie, who made his Sea Fest debut several years ago, when he was a trainee at his parents’ restaurant near Arbroath.

“My fish dishes were very much appreciated at last year’s Sea Fest cookery demo so I’m planning to make a scallop dish and a dish featuring skate, which is an excellent but under-rated fish. I regularly have skate on The Newport’s menu and it always proves very popular.”

As well as his cookery demonstration, Jamie, who is Scotland’s only winner of Master Chef: The Professionals, will also be judging Sea Fest’s version of another TV favourite – The Great British Bake Off! “Choosing the winners of the first Arbroath Sea Fest Baking Competition will be such a treat for me,” said Jamie. “Thanks to the hours I spent watching my gran in her kitchen in Arbroath when I was young, I love baking - and tucking into the final results!

“My gran was an excellent baker so the bakers who enter this competition have a lot to live up to,” he laughed, adding that anyone who wants to enter the baking competition should bring their baked goodies to Sea Fest by 2pm on Sunday, August 14.

Jamie explained that he firmly believes the secret to successful baking is precision. “With baking, you have to follow the recipe,” he stressed. “You have to be very methodical and ruthlessly accurate with measurements and timings.”

As well as Jamie’s cookery demonstration and the Sea Fest Baking Competition, there will be lots of other foodie treats at Arbroath Sea Fest.

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 13, Hayley Wilkes of WeeCook will be holding free children’s cookery sessions. “We’ll be making seafood sauce, which was super popular with kids (and their parents) last year as they could buy prawns or langoustines from the stalls to go with their homemade sauce,” said Hayley, who added that there will also be lots of opportunities to decorate biscuit fishermen.

And as always, on both Saturday and Sunday of Arbroath Sea Fest, there will be a fabulous selection of stalls selling first class local produce, food and drink, including freshly caught and prepared shellfish and fish and Arbroath Smokies hot from the traditional barrel.

“I’m a stalwart of Arbroath and always enjoy wandering around Sea Fest looking for, delicious ingredients,” said Jamie. “My winning Masterchef menu featured Arbroath Smokies and I currently have Lunan Bay Salmon on my menu at The Newport – fresh, seasonal, local food makes all the difference.”