Scottish businesses and chefs to star in Rick Stein's Food Stories on BBC Two

A range of Scottish food businesses and chefs will be showcased in the new BBC show from celebrity chef Rick Stein

Published 12th Feb 2024
Updated 12 th Feb 2024

In the new series of Rick Stein’s Food Stories, which starts on BBC Two on 12 February at 6.30pm, Stein journeys around around Britain and Northern Ireland trying to understand what is British cuisine today.

In the series he visits Scotland - specifically Glasgow and Argyll - to meet chefs and business owners that are setting our culinary scene alight.

In Glasgow he meets Giovanna Eusebi of Eusebi Deli who tells him about her family history and business over a home cooked lunch of Maria's carciofi - stuffed artichokes.

He also visits Gomo Kimchi which is based in Govanhill. Food author Ben Mervis said of the area: "Govanhill has always welcomed new Glaswegians. There used to be a coal mine just around the corner and they built all the tenements around here for the workers.

"You saw waves of immigrants from Donegal, from Tuscany, Jews fleeing persecution, Punjabi immigrants after the partition. And so you see all that melding together."

Stein then visits Big Counter, a southside neighbourhood bistro. He called the food comfort food. He said: "British with some European flavours and made, I'm told, with the best Scottish ingredients."

After this he headed to Parveen's Canteen at Civic House for some vegan Pakistani-inspired dishes. He then went for a sweet treat at Bare Bones in the Merchant City - a bean to bar chocolate business.

Stein tries the chocolate at the end of the process, calling it the 'best chocolate he's ever tasted'. He goes on to make chocolate covered profiteroles using our 70% Philippines dark chocolate.

Finally in Glasgow Stein visits the historic University Café in the West End for a 'show-stopping' knickerbocker glory.

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Over in Argyll, Stein meets Pamela Brunton if Inver - who are the only Scottish restaurant to have a Michelin Green Star and whose menu showcases local and foraged ingredients.

Stein also goes langoustine fishing and visits the Isle of Bute Smokehouse for some smoked Scottish salmon.

You can watch all episodes of Rick Stein's Food Stories on BBC iPlayer.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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