Knockinaam Head Chef Features In British Celebrity Cookbook

Head Chef from South West Scotland serves up tasty treats in British celebrity cookbook


Head Chef Tony Pierce from Knockinaam Lodge, near Portpatrick in Dumfries & Galloway will feature alongside many of Britain’s celebrity chefs and quality eating establishments, in a brand new charity cookbook launched today in London (3 October).


The Great British Cookbook features exquisite recipes supplied by household names such as Levi Roots and James Martin, offering a treat for the tastebuds and encouraging readers to whip up mouth-watering creations for themselves.


Tony Pierce, whose career began in his home city of Manchester, has worked for many Michelin starred establishments including Mallory Court, The Box Tree and Inverlochy Castle and in 1994 arrived at Knockinaam Lodge, a member of Connoisseurs Scotland, where he held a Michelin Star for a record number of years. He now joins chefs from establishments all over the UK in the beautifully designed book which features 200 chefs, 200 locations and 200 dishes across 10 ‘regions’.


The Great British Cookbook takes readers on a journey to discover the UK’s most prestigious pubs, guest houses, hotels, AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants whilst showcasing the work of the country’s finest chefs who create culinary masterpieces using locally sourced produce.


Amongst the 20 Scottish entries are Stuart Muir, Chef at The Fourth Floor restaurant at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh, featuring his roast mackerel with caramelised melon and Tom Kitchin who runs The Kitchin, also in the Scottish capital, who highlights his strawberry and yoghurt panna cotta.


Tony Pierce, Head Chef at Knockinaam Lodge, said:

 “I am delighted to have been approached to feature in the prestigious Great British Cook Book alongside many familiar household names. The dish featured in the book is one of my signature soufflés on the menu here at Knockinaam Lodge which would be great fun to try at home and would definitely impress guests at dinner parties.”


Gary Allen, One of the Great British Cookbook’s Creators and Founders said:

“The book is a fantastic road map around Scotland offering visitors an exciting array of quality places to eat in some stunning locations throughout the country. Scotland offers incredible quality when it comes to local produce and is home to many Michelin starred chefs so I hope people enjoy taking perhaps visiting some of the establishments as well as trying chefs’ recipes for themselves. Whilst I was working on the book I was diagnosed with cancer so this project became very personal to me and helped me to keep going when things got tough.”


Doug Wilson, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said:


“Congratulations to Tony Pierce at Knockinaam Lodge for being selected to feature in the Great British Cook Book. It is achievements like these that help to shine the spotlight on the quality of food and drink available in Dumfries & Galloway and help boost the growing reputation of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in the region. Food and drink is an integral part of the tourism experience with visitors to Scotland attracted by the opportunities to sample traditional dishes and local produce.”


The exceptional culinary skills of award winning chef Tony Pierce are enjoyed by the many guests who visit Knockinaam Lodge year upon year with the luxury seaside hotel offering Gourmet Weekends inclusive of wine tutoring and tasting. The hotel’s forthcoming Truffle Weekend (11 & 12 November) invites guests to discover the delights of everything truffle and will be joint hosted by Scotland’s Truffle Guru, Gianpaolo La Greca, Proprietor of Edinburgh-based truffle importers Sapori and Tony Pierce.


Printed copies of the Great British Cookbook can be purchased online at a cost of £25 with 100% of proceeds donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action. The books will also be sold on Amazon and stockists listed on www.thegreatbritishcookbook with a downloadable version also available.


For more information on Knockinaam Lodge visit www.knockinaamlodge.com or for more information on the Great British Cook Book visit www.thegreatbritishcookbook.co.uk

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