Beginning from Monday 30th March, Barry Bryson from Cater Edinburgh will be using his experience of creating dishes for prestigious private events to provide a solo home delivery service throughout the city centre.
A choice of classic dishes including cottage pie, salmon and hake fish pie, braised beef burgundy, pork, bacon and fennel polpetti with tomato sauce, spiced lamb tagine, lamb shoulder bhuna, beef chipotle chilli ragu, vegan tagine and vegetarian rendang.
All orders will come complete with a serving of rice, potato, couscous or pasta, as well as a fresh vegetable box.
Speaking about the new offering, the private event's chef said that unlike a standard home delivery service, Cater Edinburgh is offering a choice of large serve dishes that can easily be divided into 30 to 50 portions from one order - meaning that meals can be easily portioned and chilled in the fridge for a number of days or stored in the freezer for up to six months.
Adding that all of the produce is sourced from just three key local suppliers and never from supermarkets, chef Bryson explained that all of their dishes will showcase the "best Scottish butchery" and the "best seasonal vegetables".
With all orders paid up-front online, the dishes will be prepared by Barry at his commercial kitchen in Leith and delivered to central Edinburgh locations in Cater Edinburgh’s dedicated refrigerated van, leaving orders safely at front doors, keeping a safe distance and respecting hygiene and social distancing etiquette, so there will be no hand-to-hand contact.
Known for his appearances at Edinburgh New Town Cook School, Foodies Festival and Edinburgh Food Festival, Bryson was even personally chosen TV cook, author and journalist, Nigel Slater, to star in his autobiographical play, ‘Toast’, at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in 2018.
Discussing the motivation behind the new home delivery service, Barry Bryson, said: “In light of recent government advice that food delivery services can operate, I’ve decided to get even more creative and launch our first home delivery for Edinburgh foodies.
“While the rest of the Cater Edinburgh team is self-isolating at home, I will be running this temporary service completely solo, but I’m really excited and determined to bring my unique style of cooking to an even wider local audience.
"As a chef, I’m motivated by Scotland’s natural larder, creating seasonal menus that skilfully combine traditional and contemporary cooking techniques, as well as only the best ingredients.”
With prices for Cater Edinburgh’s home delivery service starting from only £140 for 30 meals (less than £5 per meal), plus £10 delivery, Bryson explained that all orders must be booked a week in advance and must be pre-paid online.
All home deliveries will then take place the following Thursday or Friday only with a strict contact-free, front door delivery service in place. Food allergies and special dietary requirements may also be catered for on request.