"It gives my cooking it’s unique distinct flavour, it helps support the local economy and reducing food miles is always at the heart of what I do."
"My philosophy of cooking is PTH - produce, technique and harmony - and first and foremost of those are the raw materials that I work with.
"So my supplier relationships are of key importance, we maintain a constant dialogue with our suppliers to make sure that we are getting the best seasonal produce and the best value available."
"Ever since I started cooking professionally in 1986 I have tried to source all of my produce from Scotland and have been a vocal advocate of the Scottish larder and the importance of buying locally.
"I made three network television series between 1994 and 1997 about the importance of local sourcing and the key relationship between suppliers, chefs and end users.
"I hopefully opened peoples eyes to the joys of foraging and growing your own produce. It’s reassuring that 30 years on, this is increasingly becoming the norm, I’d love to think that I contributed in some small way towards that."
"Our unique unspoilt environment provides the perfect climate for so many wonderful ingredients, whether they be from our unpolluted seas, our rolling pasture land, our moors, our hills and glens. Scotland provides the perfect backdrop to the world’s greatest produce of which we should all be very proud."
"In the last 5 years we have taught over 10,000 people how to cook the perfect steak and there is huge emphasis on quality, provenance and condition of the beef, and obviously this requires an incredibly close relationship with our butcher."
"For the last 30 years I’ve been telling anyone that wants to listen (and some who don’t) how important it is to appreciate how incredible the Scottish larder is, it’s at the heart of everything I do."
“It’s a very important relationship.
“When we supply Nick, we have to make sure the specifications and the products he requires are correct and exactly what he wants, dependent on whether he’s doing a large or small function.
“Obviously a big part of what we do is providing him with the provenance that he desires, so if he wants beef from Orkney, we can get him beef from Orkney. But if he wants lobsters from Troon, we can get him lobsters from Troon.
“It’s all about communication and being clear on exactly what he’s wanting to do; we like to work hand-in- hand with him that way.
“The endorsement we get from working with Nick has certainly benefited our business, but if we didn’t provide the quality produce to him, that relationship would falter.”
“I work with Nick personally and I also work closely with his executive chef, Colin. If there are several functions coming up, it won’t matter if it’s later in the evening after work is finished because that call needs to happen to ensure that we can supply him with the produce. The closeness of the relationship is key to ensuring that everyone knows what’s going on and is happy.
“In our industry things change very quickly and the stock we were expecting to come in changes at the last minute; for example, Nick might’ve ordered some fresh hake, which was due in, but the boats haven’t got their predicted supplies, so we have to contact Nick to offer an alternative.
"If he didn’t trust us and the quality of the produce we supply him with, then a situation like this could be difficult.”
“It is very rewarding. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy Nick’s cooking and seen what he’s created with our produce. I certainly feel proud of it and the part we’ve played in it.
“I think the work we do in the fresh meat and fish industries is sometimes undervalued by society at large.
"Some people forget that there are people on boats risking their lives to put fish on tables. So when we are able to see Nick and his team take it to the next level in his wonderful dishes, it’s highly rewarding and honours the sacrifices made by those in the supply chain.”
“With Scottish produce, many say it’s the best in the world; however, I think we still undervalue a great deal of the produce we have available to us across the board, from potatoes to fish to meat.
“A lot has changed in the industry, especially on the retail side, but we’ve been sure to keep very close to our suppliers. We’re the biggest buyer of red meat outwith supermarkets in Scotland and, with our fish, we’ve got a buyer based in Scrabster buying fish straight off the boat, so it couldn’t get any fresher.
“I think it all comes down to people: building relationships, communicating clearly and being reliable is so important in this business; so as long as the farmers, producers and chefs can all work together to make sure we are putting the best product on the plate, we will keep striving to do our bit.”