Jeremy Wares bring the best in fine Scottish dining to Macdonald Houston House near Edinburgh, the menu offers traditional Scottish food with a modern twist.
Tell us a bit about how you got into food?
My parents had a Restaurant in Jedburgh and I always enjoyed the kitchen more that the front of house was all about being creative that I enjoyed. When I left school I went off to travel the world and ended up in some of the best kitchens learning to cook.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Always be on time and never complain about customers as they pay the bills and the wages.
Why is Scottish produce so important to you?
I was born here and you support your own or you have no roots, plus we have the best produce in the world and it is natural.
Have you discovered any interesting and innovative products lately?
Commis chefs and lots of them, we should invest in the future.
If you were abandoned on a desert island and could only take one Scottish product, what would it be and why?
My Kilt as it opens a lot of doors in strange places and gets people to know you have a heritage you are proud of; people look out for that.
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Arran Ale & Steak Pie
1 kg Diced Beef Shoulder
1 large onion diced
1 large Carrot diced
2 field mushrooms chopped
½ small Turnip diced
Pinch of thyme chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
1 litter beef stock
1 bottle real Arran Ale
Fry off the beef in oil in a large pan add the vegetables salt pepper and herbs cook down for 5 mins then add the beer and 2 table spoon brown sugar. Reduce by half then add the stock cook for 2-3 hours or till the beef is soft serve with some mash and root vegetables and a pastry top lid.