Seafood crostini from Jamie Mackinnon at the taster lunch

Jamie Mackinnon of the stunningly located Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews is preparing delicious crostini for the “Savour St Andrews” Chefs Taster Lunch on November 5.

Building on the success of last year’s event, the lunch is a finger buffet style journey involving a number of top chefs and acclaimed local establishments – and part of the proceeds will go towards bursaries for hospitality students at SRUC Elmwood Campus and Fife College.

The lunch will take place in the Hall of Champions at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, and visitors will be able to see the chefs at work, ask questions, and hear about their dishes, ingredients, and techniques.

Jamie, the current Young Scottish Chef of the Year, will be preparing a selection of seafood crostini for the taster lunch, and Julija Danilova (pictured below)  who looks after front of house, will be at the event with one of the owners, Susan Pieraccini.

Other businesses taking part will be the Old Course Hotel itself, The Peat Inn, The Adamson, The Hotel du Vin St Andrews, Playfair’s Restaurant, The Tayberry, Zest, Forgan’s, the Scottish Fruit Company, Jannettas Gelateria, Fisher and Donaldson, The Tailend, The Newport, Rufflets Country House Hotel, The Doll’s House and Bon Accord.

The innovative event on November 5 offers tickets for just £5 which can be used to try three dishes, samples of artisan soft drinks, or speciality coffee.

Multiple tickets can be purchased on the day, and booking is not necessary. Children under 12 will be given free tickets for three dishes. The event will run from 12 noon-3pm.

There will also be music from the popular University of St Andrews student-based A Cappella group The Accidentals.

Jamie Mackinnon – Jamie’s career started when he attended college at Perth UHI, and he won ‘Chamber of Commerce Apprentice of the Year 2012’. His growing reputation was noticed by Michelin Star chef, Tom Kitchin who invited Jamie to work at Tom’s Michelin Star restaurant, in Edinburgh. Jamie worked with David Aspin, at Linthwaite House Hotel, Windermere, in the Lake District. Jamie and David both moved back to St Andrews, leading the kitchen at the new Seafood Ristorante. 2017 has been a great year to date for Jamie, having scooped the 2 biggest awards on the culinary calendar. The ‘Young Scottish Chef of the Year’ awards at ScotHot and the CIS Excellence Awards.

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