With Burns Night fast approaching, most Scottish chefs are hard at work creating twists on the traditional menu of Haggis, neeps and tatties. However one chef has taken it a step further by creating the world's first guinea pig haggis.

Whilst Paul Wedgwood’s eponymous restaurant is undergoing an exciting refurbishment for 2016, the chef himself has been busy with something close to his heart – haggis.

Not satisfied with previously creating pigeon and squirrel haggis – which diners at his restaurant delight in – he has travelled half way around the world to make Cuy (or guinea pig) haggis with renowned Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, at his restaurant in Lima, Peru – Maido.

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Paul working with renowned Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura. Picture: contributed

Last year Maido came fifth in Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants and 44th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Paul was on a tour of South America finding foodie inspiration at some of the top restaurants in Peru, Argentina and Chile and was keen to try his hand at some local haggis. He was then invited to Chef Mitsuharu’s world famous restaurant to create this unique dish in what is probably a world first.

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Nikkei style haggis. Picture: contributed

Paul said: “The whole experience was amazing and the haggis tasted awesome!”

Paul believes that haggis isn’t just for Burn’s Night or to be served solely with neeps and tatties; he has dedicated himself to raising haggis up to new gastronomic levels and believes there is a place for it on the plates of the most gourmet of dishes.

• You can try more of Paul’s creations at Wedgwood the Restaurant, Royal Mile, 267 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BQ  and you can follow Paul on Twitter @Chefwedgwood

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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