A TOP international chef has praised Western Isles farmed salmon, describing it as fantastic, high quality product local people should be proud of.
Speaking from Hong Kong at HOFEX, Asia-Pacific’s largest food and hospitality tradeshow, world renowned chef Gissur Gudmundson, President of World Association of Chef Societies, described the waters around the Western Isles as the ideal environment for farmed salmon, saying this result in a product of supreme quality.
Chef Gudmundson said: “It is always a delight to cook with Scottish farmed salmon and the water quality and temperature around Scotland is perfect for raising high quality fish.
“Scottish farmed salmon is sustainable, healthy and one of the tastiest seafood products I work with.”
The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) is representing the industry at HOFEX, looking to build on the growing popularity of Scottish farmed salmon with recent figures showing that, because of a strategic focus by the industry, exports to the Far East have increased 64% between 2011 and 2012.
Scott Landsburgh, Chief Executive of SSPO said: “We would like to thank all of those skilled and committed local workers in the Western Isles who work to the most exacting standards. Without them, we simply would not have the successful industry we do.
“They deserve all the praise they get and more. Scottish farmed salmon is simply an iconic product. When people here in Hong Kong think of Scotland, one of the first things that comes to their mind is salmon.”
He added: “We are in Hong Kong as part of a wider delegation to promote Scottish food and drink products and it is clear Scotland is seen at the forefront of this expanding market.
“We are delighted with the endorsement of the top chefs at the show who know that Scottish farmed salmon is a high quality health food.”